Kitchen United Announces Executive Appointments to Further Strengthen Leadership Team

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#deliverylt;/agt;–Kitchen
, the virtual restaurant center for innovative brands building
off-premise through pickup and delivery, today announced a series of
executive team hires to support its national rollout and expansion
plans. As Kitchen United embarks on its plans to open 15 kitchen centers
by the end of 2019, the Company is pleased to announce the following
additions to its leadership ranks:

  • Michael Montagano has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer.
    Mr. Montagano has strong expertise scaling concepts, joining from
    Mopro where he grew the brand into an international technology company
    that assists restaurants in establishing and expanding their digital
    presence. Mr. Montagano is a respected and multi-faceted leader,
    having served as a lead M&A and Corporate Finance attorney for Faegre,
    Baker & Daniels, LLP as well as a democratic nominee for the U.S.
    House of Representatives in Indiana. Mr. Montagano received a Bachelor
    of Arts degree in economics and finance from DePauw University, his
    Juris Doctorate from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law, and
    his Masters of Business Administration from University of Chicago’s
    Booth School of Business.
  • Craig Cochrane has joined as Executive Vice President of Marketing,
    where he will spearhead all marketing efforts for Kitchen United on a
    local and national basis, and will also advise restaurant partners on
    how best to maximize the relationship. Mr. Cochrane is a seasoned
    marketing executive and has created and implemented multi-channel
    marketing strategies that have directly improved sales and visibility
    for various brands in the entertainment, technology and real estate
    industries. He most recently served as the Senior Vice President of
    Digital Strategy for the Special Olympics World Games. Mr. Cochrane
    received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard
    University, and his Masters of Business Administration from University
    of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
  • Jessi Moss has joined as Executive Vice President of Information
    and brings vast experience in the restaurant, retail,
    food and beverage supply chain industries to Kitchen United. He is a
    highly accomplished IT Executive & Technologist with deep expertise in
    developing and implementing customer facing systems and
    infrastructure. Prior to Kitchen United, he led the business
    technology initiatives for Pick Up Stix, Leeann Chin, Mandarin
    Express, and City Brewing Company. Mr. Moss is a graduate of Viterbo
  • Joy Chang-Lai has joined the company as Executive Vice President,
    Data Strategy & Revenue Growth
    . With robust experience driving
    strategic growth, Ms. Chang-Lai most recently served as Vice
    President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager, Travel for
    Internet Brands and previously held positions at The Wonderful
    Company, Bain & Company, and Chevron. Ms. Lai received a Bachelor of
    Science in business administration and computer science from the
    University of California, Berkley, and a Master of Science in
    management science and engineering from Stanford University.

“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,” said Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United. “Our
management team not only guides our own business, but plays an important
advisory role to the restaurant partners that we work with. We are proud
to welcome Michael, Craig, Jessi and Joy to the Kitchen United family.”

Kitchen United is playing a critical role in making the restaurant
industry’s opportunity in off-premise and delivery a reality. Each
Kitchen United kitchen center houses 10 to 20 restaurant partners,
helping restaurant operators streamline off-premise pickup and delivery
without disrupting dine-in customers. As it expands nationally, it is
allowing brands to enter new markets without the costly build-out of a
new restaurant. The company also provides its restaurant partners with
consumer and operational insights in order to customize their business
to best meet local demand, improve productivity and drive increased

Kitchen United has hired additional leadership across a variety of
roles. All can be viewed on the company’s website:

About Kitchen United

Kitchen United is a GV-backed virtual kitchen company that provides
restaurant operators with a value-driven, low-risk way to enter into new
markets, grow revenue through off-premise dining and expand delivery
areas by removing barriers such as capital or technology expertise. Each
Kitchen United kitchen center is home to approximately 10 to 20
restaurant partners who leverage the company’s expertise to grow their
business. For additional information, please visit:


Kate Ottavio-Kent, ICR for Kitchen United

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