James McDowell Departs Manufacturer for Personal Reasons

Chris Karssiens

Hoshizaki America, Inc. announced the appointment of Chris Karssiens as interim president following the departure of James McDowell, who has left the company for personal reasons.

Karssiens joined Hoshizaki America, Inc. in the role of senior vice president of sales and marketing in January 2020 and has over 40 years of experience in the foodservice equipment industry. He previously worked with Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, Manitowoc, Jackson, and Delfield.

“Last year posed a significant challenge for our industry,” Karssiens said, “which forced our leadership team to rethink both our internal and external strategies. A reorganized and refocused sales structure, the addition of key talent to our great team, and enhancements in our channels have set us up for strong growth this year and in the years to come. Hoshizaki America, like many companies, has demonstrated great resiliency. I am both honored and excited to lead this group of dedicated and talented people in whatever capacity our board of directors decides moving forward.”