Nominee: David Bobbett H&K International

by Site Admin | Sep 20, 2012
David Bobbet restructured H&K to provide total restaurant solutions, incorporating manufacturing and logistics, and the company now employs 970 worldwide.

ORIGINALLY AMERICAN owned, H&K International is a leading global supplier of stainless steel kitchen equipment to the food service industry. As chief executive, David Bobbett led an Irish management buyout in 2002. He describes his biggest business achievement as dealing with a 50 percent drop in sales 10 days after completing the buyout, when their largest customer decided on a sudden change of strategy with a drastic cutback in capital expenditure. Bobbett restructured H&K to provide total restaurant solutions, incorporating manufacturing and logistics, and the company now employs 970 worldwide, with manufacturing and service office operations in Mexico, US, Canada, UK and most recently Indonesia.