FRED PALMER TO RETIRE AS CMA DISHMACHINES PRESIDENTFilippo Berti, Chief Executive Officer of the Ali Group, today announced the retirement of Fred Palmer, President of CMA Dishmachines and the appointment of Chris Arnette as President of CMA Dishmachines effective September 1, 2017.

“It is with personal regret but warm wishes that I announce the retirement of Fred Palmer, President of CMA Dishmachines, after 36 years at the company,” Berti said. Palmer joined CMA in March 1981 as Controller & Operations Manager, moved up through the company with roles of increasing responsibility and has been the face of CMA for the last decade. He served as President since August 2007. Fred will continue to assist CMA through the end of September 2017. “I would like to personally thank Fred for all that he has contributed to CMA and the Ali Group. It is has been a great joy for Luciano and myself to have worked with Fred. We wholeheartedly wish him all the best,” said Berti.

Effective September 1, 2017, Chris Arnette has been appointed as President of CMA. Chris will report directly to Filippo Berti, Chief Executive Officer of the Ali Group.

Arnette started his career with CMA as Midwest Regional Sales Manager in October 2003 and was promoted to National Director of Sales in January 2015. In addition to his background with CMA, he also held various roles at Puritan/Churchill Chemical Company where his foodservice career began in 1983. During his tenure at CMA, Chris played an integral part to overall success of the company.

Arnette’s educational experience includes a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.

About CMA Dishmachines
Founded in 1976, CMA is one of the most prominent manufacturers of professional and commercial dishwashing machines. CMA products are marketed through a vast network of qualified resellers and chemical products distributors to final users primarily in sectors such as hotels, restaurants, fast food chains, hospitals and institutional canteens. CMA’s success is based on strategic choices: offering high quality machines designed to maximize productivity while minimizing operating costs, consumption of water, energy and cleaning products, as well as guaranteeing long-lasting efficiency. CMA provides top quality commercial and technical support, with product innovation always at the forefront. Another strong point of this Californian company is its leasing arm, which provides financial services to its customers throughout the USA.

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About the Ali Group
Founded in 1963 by Luciano Berti, the Ali Group is an Italian corporation with headquarters located in Milan, Italy and North American operations based in Chicago, Illinois. The company, through its subsidiaries, design manufactures, markets and services a broad line of commercial and institutional foodservice equipment used by major restaurant and hotel chains, independent restaurants, hospitals, schools, airports, correctional institutions and canteens. The Ali Group and its 77 global brands employs over 10,000 people in 33 countries and, in terms of sales, is one of the world’s largest groups in this industry. It has 58 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries and sales and service subsidiaries throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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