A Pasadena-based robotics firm specializing in automated kitchen assistants announced the appointment of a new chief technology officer on Monday, along with three new members of the company’s board of advisers.
Christopher Kruger has been named the new CTO at Miso Robotics, the company said in a written statement. Miso also added industry experts William Mitchell, John Inwright and Jane Gannaway to its board of advisers.
Kruger comes to Miso from iRobot, where he led the team that developed a “large-scale cloud-based robotics simulation platform for Roombas and other home robots that improved software quality and speed,” according to the statement.
“Among his many accomplishments at iRobot, he also coached the team that delivered the largest autonomous robot product launch, Roomba i3+, with the highest quality to date based on a metrics-driven approach,” the statement said.
Prior to iRobot, Kruger worked at Hewlett Packard Inc. (HP), where he was the senior director of workflow engineering. He was responsible for forming a new engineering team that was focused on data science and machine learning to develop workflow analytics and intelligence.
Miso’s prior CTO, Ryan Sinnet, will transition into a new role leading the company’s research and development team as chief research officer, representatives said.
Miso CEO Mike Bell said he was thrilled to welcome the new talent.
“We are in the extremely fortunate position to not only bring in a rockstar CTO in Chris but also strengthen our board of advisers to give us a holistic understanding of the vast foodservice market and help us navigate the untapped areas in it where we can integrate our technology,” he said. “With the amount of product interest we receive on a daily basis, we needed to make sure we had the right team in place to meet our rapid growth trajectory — and this is that team.”
Mitchell serves as President of HUT American and Flynn Restaurant Group, according to Miso.
Inwright joins the board of advisers following his previous position as president and CEO of Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative Inc., Miso representatives said.
Gannaway serves as the principal for JPG Consulting LLC, the company added.
“Miso Robotics is excited to expand their team of technology talent and advisers to develop new solutions that fully tackle the commercial kitchen back-of-house opportunity,” according to the statement. “The company continues to raise capital for their Series D campaign through crowdfunding to accelerate time to market for their products. The new additions will help to guide the company through this critical phase of its growth journey and bring intelligent automation access to more operators at a faster rate than ever before.”
More information on Miso Robotics can be found on the company’s website at misorobotics.com.