TriMark USA, one of the country’s largest provider of design services, equipment, and supplies to the foodservice industry, today announced Marie Ffolkes has been named CEO, effective Jan. 29. Ffolkes will succeed Jerry Hyman, who at that time will assume the role of chairman and remain on the company’s board of directors.
Ffolkes is a well-respected leader with 25 years of professional experience within global industries. Since 2015, she has served as president, Americas for Air Products, driving strategy implementation and operational profitability. Prior to that, she held senior positions at Tenneco, an international R&D and manufacturing company, and Johnson Controls, a technologies leader with customers worldwide. She started her career at General Electric Corp.
“Marie will provide valuable contributions to TriMark’s current strategic initiatives, setting the stage for further progression of our industry-leading services and solutions,” Hyman said. “Her expertise in operations, finance, and enterprise ventures will play a critical role in our ongoing effort to develop cutting-edge capabilities by pressing multiple performance levers. In tandem with TriMark’s exceptional leaders and team members, Ms. Ffolkes will bring fresh perspective and vision to extend market reach and continue efforts to modernize systems and technologies for an optimal customer experience across all foodservice sectors.”
“On behalf of Centerbridge, Blackstone, and the board of directors, we are delighted to have Marie lead TriMark as our new CEO,” said Steve Silver, senior managing director, Centerbridge. “Marie is a world-class leader, and her track record speaks for itself. We also want to thank Jerry for his nearly four decades of leadership at TriMark, during which he grew the company’s sales from $50M to over $2B. Jerry has made an indelible impact on the organization and broader industry, and we are pleased he will continue to partner with the Board and Marie in his new role.”
“I am honored that the TriMark Board of Directors chose me to follow a truly transformative CEO, Jerry Hyman, who has led the company’s talented team with such remarkable dedication and innovation,” Ffolkes said. “I am inspired by the opportunity in front of us to capitalize on TriMark’s disciplined approach to value creation, further building the sales channels and maximizing brand equity. We will continue to focus on delivering excellence every day for our customers, employees, suppliers, and all other stakeholders.”