Chairman & CEO, The Middleby Corporation
As CEO of the Middleby Corporation, Selim Bassoul has led the company to record-breaking growth and top innovation over the past two decades. Under Selim’s leadership, Middleby has grown from $100 million and a few brands to a $2 billion global company with 60+ brands and three business platforms. The company is one of the best performing companies on the NASDAQ exchange since 2000.
Central in Selim’s life is giving back. Through his foundation, The Bassoul Dignity Foundation, he has developed a stove for refugees and personally delivered them to the camps. It is his goal to make their lives easier and to lessen the time women and girls spend searching for wood. In June at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the World Event in Monaco, Selim was awarded the EOY Alumni Award for Social Impact, on behalf of his efforts. He plans to expand this effort, manufacture and deliver more ovens throughout 2016.
Selim has also been honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and YPO International Legacy Award recipient. He serves on the boards of several corporate, civic and philanthropic organizations. He is featured on the 2016 Nation’s Restaurant News Power List. Selim’s proven, effective and unconventional management style has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC and other top business media. He was named The Motley Fool’s “Best CEO of all time.”