New Port Richey, Fla. - February 23, 2012 - Rick Cutler, Vice President and General Manager of the Ovens and Advanced Cooking - Americas, has announced his retirement effective immediately. Rick's 23 years of service to the company has been invaluable and during his tenure, he led the Cleveland brand to be the undisputed leader in steam cooking equipment.
With Rick's departure, Manitowoc Foodservice is pleased to announce appointment of John Stevenson to the position of Vice President and General Manager of Ovens & Advanced Cooking - Americas. The Ovens Group comprises the following brands within the Manitowoc Foodservice portfolio: Cleveland, Convotherm, Lincoln, Merco and Merrychef.
Reporting directly to Phil Dei Dolori EVP Americas Cooking Solutions, John will be responsible for leading and growing our Ovens business in North America. John brings nearly 20 years of operations experience to his role, most recently, he held the position of Vice President Sales and Marketing with New Holland Agriculture - prior to that, he served as the President and CEO of American LaFrance. He also held various operations and management roles with companies such as Freightliner, Volvo, and MACK Trucks.
John holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania and has extensive training in Civil Engineering. John will be based in Cleveland, OH.