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Kitchen United expands executive team amid U.S. growth push
Michael Montagano

Kitchen United expands executive team amid U.S. growth push

Virtual restaurant center adds CFO, marketing and technology roles

On the heels of a major expansion of its virtual commissary centers, Pasadena, Calif.-based Kitchen United announced several new executive hires, including naming Michael Montagano as the company’s chief financial officer.

Montagano previously worked for a firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.  He joins Kitchen United as it plans to expand its network of virtual kitchen facilities to Atlanta in late March, followed by Columbus, Ohio, in April, and Scottsdale, Ariz., in May.

The company’s kitchen facilities are designed to help restaurants build off-premise business through delivery or catering. The first center opened in Pasadena in 2018. Famed Los Angeles delicatessen Canter’s Deli is among its clients.

The company is currently rolling out a second center in Chicago.

Besides Montagano, the company announced other leadership hires, including Craig Cochrane as executive vice president of marketing, Jessi Moss as executive vice president of information technology and Joy Chang-Lai as executive vice president of data strategy and revenue growth.

The startup won $10 million in funding last year in a round led by GV, formerly Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

“We are very proud to have built a first-class leadership team at Kitchen United as we continue on our path toward becoming a national brand that serves an important function in the growth of leading restaurant brands,” CEO Jim Collins said in a statement.

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