Steve Loughton, the current director of UK and Ireland for Hoshizaki, has announced his retirement from the role on the 1 October 2018.
His replacement has been announced as Simon Frost, the current director of sales and chain accounts for Hoshizaki UK.
Loughton has spent 45 years in the industry and has worked for brands such as Garland, Welbilt, Kitchen Brains, Manitowoc Foodservice, Standex and Jestic.
Uwe Reimer, director of sales EMEA, at Hoshizaki Europe, expressed his thanks to Loughton for his commitment since taking on the role: "We would like to thank Steve for his hard work over the last two years, in what has been an important transitional period for both the Hoshizaki and Gram brands, as well as Hoshizaki Europe as a whole. We would like to wish Steve a very long and enjoyable retirement and all the best for the future."
Frost brings more than 20 years' experience in the industry with companies such as Falcon, Manitowoc Foodservice and Wexiodisk, and will take over the role in October. Loughton and Frost will work closely together in the coming months to ensure a seamless handover.
Speaking on Frost's appointment, Reimer continued: "We are delighted to have the perfect successor to Steve already part of the existing Hoshizaki UK team. I am confident that Simon will build on the foundations that Steve has already laid and would like to congratulate him on his appointment as director of UK and Ireland."