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April 3, 2024

Renamed Instant Pot Brands Introduces New Leadership

By: Chandler Harvey

Managing Editor

The newly renamed Instant Pot Brands has appointment of four new company executives to its senior leadership team, including the CEO and CFO positions.

The leadership appointments include Chris Robins as CEO, Craig Carrigan as CFO, Lisa Kronish as chief human resources officer and Rudy Sumarli as executive vice president, supply chain and R&D.

“Chris, Craig, Lisa and Rudy’s appointments are an exciting next step for Instant Pot Brands,” said Rich Krause, chairman of the board of directors. “I am confident that this group is well-equipped to build upon our transformative strategy and lead the company into the future. Each leader brings a unique set of skills and experiences that will strengthen our brand.”

Robins joins Instant Pot Brands from Newell Brands as an experienced executive and board member with a specific focus on driving value creation by developing a deep understanding of a company’s strengths, market opportunities and challenges, financials and team capabilities, said the company.

“I am thrilled to join Instant Pot Brands, a company with such a strong portfolio of products built on an iconic brand, with a dedicated team to match. I am confident we will be able to usher in a new era for the business, leveraging this brand and this team to bring new and innovative products to the kitchen appliances segment,” said Robins.

Carrigan joins Instant Pot Brands with more than 20 years of experience in building, leading and transforming businesses across industries, including retail, wholesale, licensing and DTC. 

Kronish is an experienced CHRO with more than 20 years of expertise in building talent strategies in turnaround environments. She also joins from Newell Brands.

Sumarli joins Instant Pot Brands as a veteran leader in supply chain, operations and engineering management, driving sustainable, profitable growth, stated Instant Pot Brands. He has CPG experience across electronics and consumer durable businesses and global experience with GE, Dell, Eaton and Harman/Samsung.

Instant Pot Brands’ name change is part of the company’s ongoing transformation following its separation from its former parent company, Instant Brands, in connection with Instant Brands’ Chapter 11 process. Instant Pot was established as a standalone company with a new capital structure and new ownership following its purchase by an affiliate of Centre Lane Partners in November 2023.

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