Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> March 24, 2003

Selim Bassoul – The Middleby Corporation (midd)

SELIM BASSOUL has been Chief Executive Officer of The Middleby Corporation since 2000. Mr. Bassoul has been with The Middleby Corporation, a leading manufacturer of commercial cooking appliances, since 1996. He was hired as President of the Southbend division and then promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999. Mr. Bassoul worked in the healthcare industry for eight years, for American Hospital Supply and Baxter, Inc. in various positions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate planning, and regional director in the Middle East and Africa. The next eight years Mr. Bassoul worked in commercial food equipment for Premark, Inc., a unit of Illinois Tool Works, as Director of Marketing, General Manager of the Cook-Chili division, and Vice President of Sales for the Vulcan cooking division. He was educated by the Jesuits at Notre Dame de Jamhour through high school, and then attended the American University of Beirut, where he received a BA in Business Administration. He worked for Ernst & Whinney (today EWCG) in Audit for one year in the Middle East and then came to the United States to continue his postgraduate education at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He earned his MBA in Finance and Marketing in 1981 and holds a Certificate in Accounting. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with an introductory overview of the


Mr. Bassoul: Middleby is a leading player in the commercial

cooking equipment market in the US and overseas, which