The Seattle-based super-premium ready meals producer Grace's Kitchen has announced the appointment of Keith Kersten as its new chief executive officer.

Kersten has been given a brief to oversee the continued expansion of Grace's Kitchen as it seeks to increase its national profile.

"Keith knows the grocery business extremely well and I'm confident he will successfully grow Grace's Kitchen while maintaining the company's uncompromising quality standards," said Mike Buhrmann, a founding member of 1024 Partners LLC, the venture capital firm that helped launch Grace's Kitchen. "The successes we've enjoyed thus far are the result of much hard work by Jaap Langenberg, who will continue to develop new business as vice president of business development and sales."

Kersten was formerly an equity partner at Byerly's, where he spent 20 years, eventually leading the company's retail, food manufacturing, and restaurant divisions as senior vice president of operations. He has more recently been working for Cargill as a consultant.