SAN CARLOS, Calif., Nov. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Presto Automation (NASDAQ: PRST) announced it has appointed Steve Herbert as a Strategic Advisor for Presto Touch, Presto’s at-the-table self-serve payment and ordering technology business line. This appointment marks the intent to scale Presto Touch for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic and a continued focus on maximizing value for Presto shareholders.
Steve was previously the Chairman and CEO of USA Technologies (now Cantaloupe Inc.), a public company focused on hardware and software payments solutions for the retail industry. Under his leadership, the company recorded 40 consecutive quarters of growth from $0 to $185M in revenue and reached over 1 million merchant locations. He is also currently the Chairman and CEO of Armada Acquisition Corporation.
“We could not have found anyone better to help guide Presto Touch” said Krishna Gupta, Presto’s Chairman. “Each time I speak with Steve, I’m more impressed by his understanding of the restaurant space, his ideas on how to dramatically and efficiently grow the business, and his perspective on how we can create additional value for our customers, both existing and new.”
In the strategic advisor role, Steve is working closely with Presto’s leadership to seek to transition existing customers to Presto Touch next-generation Flex product and to define a product strategy that maximizes shareholder value. This is in furtherance of the previously announced consideration of strategic alternatives for Presto Touch solution and evaluation of which path makes best sense for shareholders.
“I am very excited to partner with Presto and build on the Touch business foundation,” said Steve Herbert. “Given my experience, I can clearly see how the Flex product and platform provide clear self-pay capabilities, build customer loyalty, and improve order accuracy and size, as well as how this team is able to navigate the complex and diverse ownership within the casual dining restaurant industry.”
“In a higher-cost labor environment where physical industries are rapidly embracing digitalization and automation, we believe Steve can help guide our Presto Touch team to drive value to shareholders,” said Xavier Casanova, Presto’s CEO.
About Presto Automation Inc.
Presto (NASDAQ: PRST) provides enterprise-grade AI and automation solutions to the restaurant industry. Our solutions are designed to decrease labor costs, improve staff productivity, increase revenue, and enhance the guest experience. We offer our AI solution, Presto VoiceTM, to quick service restaurants (QSR) and our pay-at-table tablet solution, Presto Touch, to casual dining chains. Some of the most recognized restaurant names in the United States are among our customers, including Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Checkers for Presto VoiceTM and Applebee’s, Chili’s, and Red Lobster for Presto Touch.
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