Ali Group North America CEO Erik Nommsen announced leadership changes for three of the manufacturer’s American brands.
Oscar Villa was named president of Frymaster, a Welbilt brand. Villa will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Frymaster operations. In 2013, he joined Ali Group S.p.A. in Milan as corporate controller before transitioning to the role of corporate controller in the Ali Group’s Chicago office in 2014. He later transitioned to the Ali Group North America – Refrigeration Division as CFO and became president of the division in 2019. At Frymaster, Villa succeeds Brian Holdrich as president.
Replacing Villa as president of Ali Group North America's refrigeration division is Will Means. In his new role, Means will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Beverage-Air and Victory Refrigeration brands. He joined Champion Industries in 2007 in a sales quoting position. Throughout his tenure, he has advanced from regional sales manager to vice president of sales to general manager. Since 2019, he has served as president of Champion Industries (Champion and Bi-Line).
Means’ move to the refrigeration division leaves a vacancy at the head of Champion that will be filled by Scott Cherevaty. As president of the Champion Group, Cherevaty will lead the Champion, Bi-Line and Moyer Diebel brands. He originally joined Champion Industries as national sales manager in 2004 and moved to the role of director of sales in 2008. Two years later, Cherevaty returned to Canada and took on the role of vice president of sales for Champion Moyer Diebel Canada. He was promoted to general manager in 2015 and has served as president of Champion Moyer Diebel Canada since 2019.
“I am very pleased to announce these appointments,” Nommsen said. “Each of these individuals brings outstanding skills and experience to their new positions and will help us move their respective companies forward.”