Kitchen United yesterday announced a series of executive team hires to support its national rollout and expansion plans. As Kitchen United embarks on its plans to open 15 kitchen centers by the end of 2019, the Company is pleased to announce the following additions to its leadership ranks:
- Michael Montagano has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Montagano has strong expertise scaling concepts, joining from Mopro where he grew the brand into an international technology company that assists restaurants in establishing and expanding their digital presence. Mr. Montagano is a respected and multi-faceted leader, having served as a lead M&A and Corporate Finance attorney for Faegre, Baker & Daniels, LLP as well as a democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana. Mr. Montagano received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance from DePauw University, his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law, and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
- Craig Cochrane has joined as Executive Vice President of Marketing, where he will spearhead all marketing efforts for Kitchen United on a local and national basis, and will also advise restaurant partners on how best to maximize the relationship. Mr. Cochrane is a seasoned marketing executive and has created and implemented multi-channel marketing strategies that have directly improved sales and visibility for various brands in the entertainment, technology and real estate industries. He most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy for the Special Olympics World Games. Mr. Cochrane received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University, and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
- Jessi Moss has joined as Executive Vice President of Information Technology and brings vast experience in the restaurant, retail, food and beverage supply chain industries to Kitchen United. He is a highly accomplished IT Executive & Technologist with deep expertise in developing and implementing customer facing systems and infrastructure. Prior to Kitchen United, he led the business technology initiatives for Pick Up Stix, Leeann Chin, Mandarin Express, and City Brewing Company. Mr. Moss is a graduate of Viterbo University.
- Joy Chang-Lai has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Data Strategy & Revenue Growth. With robust experience driving strategic growth, Ms. Chang-Lai most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager, Travel for Internet Brands and previously held positions at The Wonderful Company, Bain & Company, and Chevron. Ms. Lai received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and computer science from the University of California, Berkley, and a Master of Science in management science and engineering from Stanford University.
“We are very proud to have built a first class leadership team at Kitchen United as we continue on our path toward becoming a national brand that serves an important function in the growth of leading restaurant brands,” said Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United. “Our management team not only guides our own business, but plays an important advisory role to the restaurant partners that we work with. We are proud to welcome Michael, Craig, Jessi and Joy to the Kitchen United family.”
Kitchen United is playing a critical role in making the restaurant industry’s opportunity in off-premise and delivery a reality. Each Kitchen United kitchen center houses 10 to 20 restaurant partners, helping restaurant operators streamline off-premise pickup and delivery without disrupting dine-in customers. As it expands nationally, it is allowing brands to enter new markets without the costly build-out of a new restaurant. The company also provides its restaurant partners with consumer and operational insights in order to customize their business to best meet local demand, improve productivity and drive increased revenue.