Franke Foodservice Systems, a leading provider of comprehensive foodservice systems and services, announced that Dennis Appel has been named president of its Americas business unit, effective immediately. He will report directly to Christian Mathesis, CEO of the global Foodservice Systems Division of Franke Group.

Appel will work to expand the reach of Franke‘s facility-related equipment, supplies and service portfolio into the quick-service restaurant and convenience store segments. He will directly oversee the firm’s operations as a manufacturer, distributor and program management partner to some of the world’s largest chains.

Most recently, Appel served as V.P.-Commercial and Industrial Solutions at Modine Manufacturing in Racine, Wisconsin, a century-old provider of sophisticated heat transfer technologies. There, he oversaw multiple business units and manufacturing locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Previously, he was president of a division of Luvata, a London-based metals and manufacturing group. Appel studied Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and obtained his MBA from Purdue University.

Franke Foodservice Systems is a world leader in meeting restaurant operators’ and food retailers’ needs for innovative kitchen facilities, equipment, and supplies. Franke serves global chains in the quick-service restaurant, convenience store, and supermarket segments and employs more than 1,800 associates around the world. Its sister divisions within the Franke Group produce diverse items such as automated commercial coffee machines, beverage kegs and washroom fixtures. Franke is also a global leader in consumer kitchen fixtures such as sinks, faucets and hoods, and is the world’s largest producer of stainless steel sinks.