SEATTLE, Wash.–Housewares veteran and entrepreneur Linda Graebner has been named executive chairman of Chef’n Corp. Her appointment was a decision made collaboratively with Chef’n and its private equity partner, CID Capital, which made a capital investment in the company last month.
With a background leading turnarounds, re-financing deals and creating growth through acquisitions, Graebner brings to Chef’n broad experience working with companies that manufacture and sell consumer-focused products, the company said in a release. She has also served extensively on the boards of directors of several public and private companies with industry focus in food, wine, kitchen, cleaning, personal care, cookware, bakeware, gardening and medical devices, including the International Housewares Association, for which she’s served as chairman of the board of directors. She currently leads the IHA sponsored CORE group in the San Francisco Bay area. More recently she has worked for companies such as Tilia (now part of Jarden Corp.), where she served as president and CEO.
At Chef’n, Graebner will work closely with Chef’n’s current CEO David Holcomb. Chef’n’s product development, operations, finance, sales and marketing divisions will work closely with her to significantly grow sales and build awareness of the company’s core brands, Chef’n and Vibe, the company said.
“I’m thrilled to have Linda join the team. We’re all excited about the focus and experience she brings to the table and her capability to invest in our growth. Our collaboration combines business acumen and product innovation in completely new ways,” said Holcomb.
“Recruiting Linda to join their management team was a huge win for Chef’n. I had the pleasure of previously serving on a board with Linda so I was able to witness firsthand the tremendous impact her leadership and housewares industry experience can have on a growing business,” said Scot Swenberg, managing director of CID Capital.