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Fortifi Introduces Frontmatec’s Next President

Dennis Gallagher
Dennis Gallagher

The Woodlands, Texas-based Fortifi Food Processing Solutions has named Dennis Gallagher as president of Frontmatec, a supplier of automated pork and beef processing equipment within its unified platform of global brands and products in food processing and automation solutions. 

Gallagher succeeds Allan F. Kristensen, Frontmatec’s president since 2020, who led the company through its unification within the Fortifi organization, including the sale, closing and corporate integration. Kristensen will support the leadership transition and assist Gallagher as he onboards.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dennis Gallagher to the Fortifi family,” said Fortifi CEO Massimo Bizzi. 

“His deep technical expertise, together with his strong leadership experience, augment both Frontmatec’s competitive position in the market and its overall contribution to the Fortifi platform.” 

Gallagher joins Frontmatec after three years as chief operating officer of Hyliion Holdings Corp., a developer of sustainable electricity-producing technology. 

Before joining Hyliion in 2021, he served as president of Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a brake and valve actuation technology supplier to the heavy-duty commercial truck market and a subsidiary of Cummins. 

Gallagher previously spent 20 years in automation-related leadership roles at leading life sciences and diagnostics innovator Danaher Corp.

“Frontmatec is poised for growth at the intersection of technology and human progress,” Gallagher said. 

“I am thrilled to join the Fortifi team and contribute to this platform’s cohesive efforts to improve food processing and its impact on global quality of life.”

About Fortifi Food Processing Solutions

Fortifi serves customers worldwide through its global manufacturing and service footprint, driving improvements in yield, productivity, food quality and worker safety for many of the world’s largest food producers. 

In addition to Frontmatec, Fortifi’s portfolio includes Bettcher Industries, a manufacturer of protein processing tools, machinery and associated aftermarket parts; and MHM Automation, a New Zealand-based provider of automated processing and material handling solutions.

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