David BobbettCEO H&K International

    A graduate of Trinity College, David Bobbett started his career training as an accountant with KPMG. He joined H&K in 1985 as a management and financial accountant, before moving onto logistics, planning and business development and then becoming Managing Director of the European business in 1996. In 2000, he became Group Chief Operating Officer of the company worldwide. In 2002 he was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and in that year led a management buyout of the company and he currently owns a majority share of the business with the remainder owned by the management team.

    He has described his biggest business achievement as dealing with a 50% drop in sales ten days after completing the MBO when their largest customer decided on a sudden change of strategy, with a drastic cutback in capital expenditure on new restaurants.

    Bobbett restructured H&K to provide total restaurant solutions, incorporating manufacturing and logistics. David noted that the company now employs 1,200 worldwide with manufacturing and service office operations in Mexico, US, Canada, UK, Australia, Indonesia and most recently China. The Group Management and European Marketing are based in Dublin. Turnover has increased from $150m in 2003 to $500m in 2011.

    H&K delivers value driven restaurant equipment solutions into 80 countries, supporting 20,000 restaurants on an annual basis with their equipment needs. Their biggest customer is McDonald’s. Other important customers are Subway, IKEA, Jason’s, Applebee’s and IHOP.

    In 2008 and 2010 H&K was awarded McDonald’s Worldwide Equipment Supplier of the Year and achieved benchmark supplier status.

    The company continues to grow and has expanded into new areas of product development, project management and construction coordination, supply of replacement parts and operates around the world with a very strong Irish culture.

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