US-based corporate catering solutions provider ezCater has named Ashwin Raj as the company’s new CEO.

Effective 14 August 2023, Raj will succeed the company’s co-founder and current CEO Stefania Mallett, who decided to step down from her full-time executive management position.

However, Mallett will continue her association with the company and serve as a director on the company’s Board of Directors.

Mallett said: “From the start – 16 years ago – I’ve been building ezCater so that it could one day operate without me. I’m beyond proud of our successes, including that the company has outgrown me.

“Now’s the right time for both me and ezCater to enter new chapters. Ashwin is a strategic thinker and a long-term builder who shares our values, including our commitment to ‘going beyond helpful’ for our customers and partners. I’m confident he will lead ezCater through its next successes.”

Raj is an experienced e-commerce and marketplace technology leader who also led the rideshare business of Lyft from 2021 to 2023.

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In addition to the CEO role, Raj will join the company’s Board of Directors on 14 August.

Raj said: “I am delighted and honoured to lead ezCater and sincerely appreciate the trust that the ezCater Board and team have placed in me.

“I am energised by the tremendous opportunity ahead for ezCater, as food is a critical component that increases workplace effectiveness, strengthens employee retention and brings people together.

“Stefania, Briscoe and the very talented team at ezCater have built an impressive company with a strong foundation, and my goal is to build on that by going even deeper in addressing the needs of our customers and catering partners.”