USA – Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of snack production systems has named Chip Czulada as the new president effective January 1, 2024.

Czulada is taking over from Joe Zaleski, who, the company stated will continue serving as RBS president through the end of 2023, and then transition to a strategic advisory role in 2024.

“While this is the right time for me personally to reduce my role, it’s also the right time for Chip and the leadership team to execute our long-term business strategies,” said Zaleski.

Zaleski has served as RBS president for the past 13 years and has been with the company for over 30 years.

During his tenure as president, RBS saw significant growth in market share and global brand recognition

Backed by the support of the Markel Food Group, Chip will build on the RBS legacy by leading a customer-first organization and driving sustainable growth via product innovation, partnership, and our people.” 

Chip Czulada’s career spans more than 35 years in financial and manufacturing management.

Czulada joined RBS in 2003 and has since overseen all facets of the company’s daily operations, including accounting, parts sales and manufacturing, information technology, human resources, and Reading Thermal.

Most recently Czulada has served as RBS executive vice president and chief financial officer.  

Accepting the role, Czulada expressed honor to be given the opportunity to lead this fantastic group of people at RBS.

“We thank Joe for everything he has done to advance the company, and we’re looking forward to moving RBS into the future,” said Czulada.

The outgoing president Zeleki added that RBS’s success is due to the dedicated efforts of the entire RBS team and the family culture created by Terry Groff and Tom Lugar.

 “We hire good people who in turn keep RBS at the forefront of innovation. Serving as RBS president has been an experience of a lifetime, and I thank the Markel Food Group and everyone at Reading Bakery Systems for the tremendous opportunity.”