ITW Promotes EVP, Food Equipment Group

Glenview, Ill. — ITW Food Equipment Group, a worldwide family of industry leading commercial food equipment brands, has promoted Axel Beck to lead the organization as executive vice president. Beck succeeds Lei Schlitz, who will now lead ITW’s automotive OEM segment.

As head of ITW Food Equipment Group, Beck will oversee global management of the premier family of brands, including Hobart, Baxter, Vulcan, Traulsen, Bonnet, Foster and many others that support the needs of foodservice and food retail operations, from food preparation, refrigeration and cooking to ventilation, weighing, wrapping, dishwashing and waste disposal.

Since 2016, Beck has served as group president of ITW Food Equipment Group’s warewash business, responsible for U.S. and global markets. Under his management, ITW’s Hobart brand developed some of the industry’s most efficient and technologically advanced commercial dishwashing equipment, earning Hobart and ITW Food Equipment Group international recognition for energy efficiency and innovation. Beck began his career with ITW at Hobart Germany in 1989 as an industrial engineer.

ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, is the brand behind the brands found in commercial kitchens, cafeterias, bakeries, delis and groceries around the world. Brands include Hobart, Traulsen, Baxter, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero, Somat, Gaylord, Kairak and Peerless. For more information, visit


SOURCE: ITW Food Equipment Group LLC

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