NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Welbilt, Inc. (NYSE:WBT) announced today that Jennifer Gudenkauf has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, effective January 6, 2020. Gudenkauf most recently served as Vice President, Human Resources – North America for Sykes Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYKE), a Tampa-based provider of process outsourcing services, information technology consulting and information technology-enabled services, such as technical support and customer service, since 2017. From 2009 to 2017, she held a variety of human resources leadership roles with increasing responsibility at Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLMN), which owns and operates approximately 1,200 restaurants across the U.S. and in 20 countries. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, she held a variety of human resources roles for Gentiva Health Services, Inc., a leading home health care and hospice services firm, from 1997 to 2009.
“Jen brings a well-rounded background in multiple areas of human resources to her role at Welbilt,” said Bill Johnson, Welbilt’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “She has designed and implemented talent strategies for recruiting, training and leadership development, led compensation and benefits and implemented human resources technology solutions. This background makes Jen the ideal person to make our human resources organization a strategic business partner to our leadership team and strengthens our commitment to make Welbilt an even better place to work.”
About Welbilt, Inc.
Welbilt, Inc. provides the world’s top chefs, premier chain operators and growing independents with industry-leading equipment and solutions. Our innovative products and solutions are powered by our deep knowledge, operator insights, and culinary expertise. Our portfolio of award-winning product brands includes Cleveland™, Convotherm®, Crem®, Delfield®, Frymaster®, Garland®, Kolpak®, Lincoln™, Manitowoc® Ice, Merco®, Merrychef® and Multiplex®. These product brands are supported by two service brands: FitKitchen®, our fully-integrated kitchen systems brand, and KitchenCare®, our aftermarket parts and service brand. Headquartered in the Tampa Bay region of Florida and operating 20 manufacturing facilities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, we sell through a global network of over 5,000 distributors and dealers in over 100 countries. We have approximately 5,400 employees and generated sales of $1.6 billion in 2018. For more information, visit www.welbilt.com.