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Dave Howorth Joins SCALA

Dave Howorth (pictured) is joining the SCALA Consulting team as an Executive Director. Dave Howarth was previously Supply Chain Director for General Mills UK, Ireland, Germany and Nordics, one of the top ten food manufacturers in the world, and was responsible for overseeing Logistics and Supply Chain Development in a multi-national, multi-temperature and multi-channel environment.  His work has included distribution network design, supply chain reengineering to reflect acquisition and divestiture, the implementation of an Integrated Business Management/S&OP process and the development of a customer engagement strategy. For a number of years previously Dave held the position of European Logistics Director within General Mills and was a member of the ECRUK Board.

“In joining SCALA my aim is to drive accelerated growth by bringing strategic insights and expertise to our clients that will provide deliverable value to them. Supply Chain is at an incredibly interesting point in time where it is not only a significant differentiator to business performance but it can also be a make or break to future success. I am really excited to be part of the SCALA team that will be guiding our current and future clients to Supply Chain and business success,” said Dave Howorth.

John Perry, SCALA Consulting’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have Dave join our Team.  His experience in Europe and working as a senior director in an organisation as diverse as General Mills will be a great addition to SCALA’s capabilities.  In addition Dave’s wide experience with the ECR Board will enhance SCALA’s capabilities to really develop supply chain collaboration relationships between suppliers to retailers.  This is a difficult area but one with real opportunity for driving ‘end-to end’ supply chain improvements that involves companies working together rather than separately.  Dave will be heading up SCALA’s Grocery and FMCG Best Practice Forums including Supply Chain and Logistics Benchmarking to provide tangible benefits as well as offer our clients the latest in industry developments.

“I believe we have the top people in our Executive Board who complement my background in Logistics and Commercial Management consulting experience, Dave Howorth joins Keith Newton and Phil Reuben on the Executive Board. Keith has a strong emphasis on Supply Chain Customer Services as well as being the International Secretary General for CILT; and Phil, specialises in Sourcing and Procurement with years of experience in industry and working in the Far East.”

“Since SCALA was founded in 2001, we have achieved an excellent industry reputation for providing high quality Supply Chain and Logistics expertise. We are now not only expanding our offering to include Procurement but we are also expanding our sphere of influence, launching major projects across China, introducing a Supply Chain Best Practice Forum for major non-food retailers and enhancing our team at Executive Board and Senior Consultant levels.”

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University College Cork Appoints New Head of Food Business

University College Cork has named Professor Thia Hennessy as the new Head of the University’s Department of Food Business and Development. The Department, which is part of the Cork University Business School (CUBS), undertakes teaching and research in the subjects of food business and marketing, international development and co-operative studies.

Professor Ciaran Murphy, head of the business school, says: “Cork University Business School (CUBS) is currently in the midst of an exciting development campaign including the appointment of a number senior staff, the acquisition of the iconic Cork Savings Bank, as well as a plan to construct a new €106 million business school building at a city centre location in Cork. We, at CUBS, recognise the importance of the agri-food sector to the local and national economy of Ireland and it is a key focus of our future development plans. We are delighted that Thia is joining the team and we look forward to building on her extensive experience and industry networks to better support the ongoing growth of the agri-food sector in Ireland.”

Professor Hennessy, an agricultural economist, joins UCC from Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland, where she was head of Agricultural Economics research for the last ten years. While working at Teagasc Thia developed an international reputation in the area of agricultural policy analysis and farm sustainability research. She also headed up the National Farm Survey, the official source of statistics on farming in Ireland. Under the auspices of the Teagasc-UCC alliance, Thia will continue to work with Teagasc in a part-time capacity on agri-food economic issues of mutual interest.

Professor Hennessy says: “I’m delighted to be joining UCC at an exciting time in the development of the Business School. It is also an exciting time for the agri-food industry in Ireland with the ongoing expansion of the dairy sector, the continued growth in food and drink exports and the looming challenges associated with Brexit and climate change. The need for food graduates and more agri-food business research has never been greater. I look forward to building on UCC’s strong reputation for excellence in teaching and research in Food and to strengthening the collaborative research programme that exists between UCC and Teagasc.”

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Double Appointment Strengthens 2 Sisters’ UK Poultry Team

2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s biggest poultry producer, has made two key appointments as it continues on its transformation plan. Peter Judge and Frank Robinson joined the 2 Sisters Food Group poultry division in January.

Peter Judge joins as operations director and will be responsible for aligning individual site performance with the 2 Sisters business objectives. The former chief operating officer of Karro Food Group and Tulip, he has a strong background in business leadership and operational improvement after 30 years’ in food manufacturing and retail.

Peter Judge says: “2 Sisters is a strong business and I’m delighted to join the team at this exciting time. I’ve already met some fantastic people and I think we’ve got a great opportunity to continue to build on the Better Before Bigger strategy.”

Frank Robinson re-joins former Tulip colleague Peter Judge, as commercial director at 2 Sisters and will be responsible for the commercial team and developing effective relationships with all customers. Frank Robinson has 25 years’ experience in the food industry and has held a variety of senior sales and business development roles for some of the UK’s leading food manufacturers.

Frank Robinson remarks: “I’m excited by the opportunity to lead the sales team and work with some old colleagues. The recent investment in Scunthorpe and our Added Value sites will provide us with the platform to drive forward sales with pace and innovation.”

Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, says: “Peter and Frank both bring a great depth of food industry experience which will enable us to build on our foundations and push to the next level.”

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Clive Black Joins the Coriolis Advisory Board

Clive Black, one of the UK’s top Consumer Analysts, has joined the Advisory Board of Coriolis, a global provider of expertise and experience in the delivery of business transformation to the FMCG sector. Coriolis, which operates globally from offices in Nottingham, UK and Sydney, Australia, has sought to reinforce its understanding of the rapidly moving FMCG marketplace through the appointment of respected advisors, of whom Clive Black is the first.

Mark Dudley, Chairman of Coriolis, says: “Clive’s knowledge and understanding of our markets and the forces that drive them is second to none. I welcome his appointment and look forward to his valued input on how Coriolis can deliver even greater value to our clients.”

Dr Clive Black.

Dr Clive Black, who is Head of Research for Shore Capital, comments: “Coriolis is a tremendously well-respected and renowned advisory business that continues to add recurring value to advanced companies across the world. It is a great privilege to be asked to assist the group’s board on its development plans and I very much look forward to engaging with Mark and his expert team with the aspiration of contributing to further commercial progress.”

Coriolis provides expert advice to its clients with the aim of identifying and practically applying methods to achieve operational financial improvements. Since 1996, Coriolis has advised its diverse client base on a range of issues across the operations spectrum from capacity, cost base and operational footprint, to engineering, reliability, capital projects and supply chain. Among its clients, Coriolis counts some of the biggest names in international FMCG operations including: Associated British Foods, Dairy Crest, Samworth Bros and Lion Co.

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New Appointments at Crisp Sensation Point to Global Growth

Crumb coating innovator and full service provider Crisp Sensation has announced several key appointments that signal the company’s successful growth and expansion plans for markets around the world.

Kees van Doorn – As Crisp Sensation’s R&D Director since the beginning, Kees van Doorn has been deeply involved in the development of the company’s unique technology. In his new post as Director Supply Chain, he will shift his attention to the global supply chain and provide support and guidance for the increasing numbers of Crisp Sensation licensees preparing for market launches.

Christien van Beusekom – will succeed Kees van Doorn as Crisp Sensation’s Chief Technical Officer. She holds a PhD in Pharmacy and has a wealth of R&D experience gained at FrieslandCampina, a major player in global dairy products industry. In her new position, Christien van Beusekom will help foster further technological improvements at Crisp Sensation to meet the requirements of today’s marketplace as well as the company’s licensees.

Henk Spoon – With vast food industry experience gained in senior management roles at companies including P&G and Findus, Henk Spoon has been appointed as Crisp Sensation’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Henk Spoon’s expertise in marketing and consultancy will provide new consumer insights that will enable Crisp Sensation and its licensees to realise exciting new market opportunities that respond to the needs of consumers around the world.

Andries Raven – Crisp Sensation’s final new appointment will see Andries Raven become the company’s Director of Sales for Europe & the Americas. Having previously been CEO of Vleems Food BV, one of Crisp Sensation’s licensees, Andries Raven has first-hand knowledge of the brand’s possibilities. He will now use his extensive commercial and international food industry experience to oversee collaborations with Crisp Sensation licensees across Europe and the Americas.

All appointments are effective as of January 1st, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.crispsensation.com.

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Pictured from left to right: Henk Spoon, Christien van Beusekom and Andries Raven.

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Carlsberg Group Appoints New Executive Vice President For Supply Chain

Carlsberg Group has announced that Philip A. Hodges will join Carlsberg Group as EVP Supply Chain and member of the Group’s Executive Committee (ExCom) from 1 February 2017, replacing Peter Ernsting who left the company at the end of last year.

Philip A. Hodges brings extensive experience in supply chain and finance from various international positions. He last served as Senior Vice President for Integrated Supply Chain Europe at the global food and beverage company, Mondélez. Previously, Phil has held numerous senior executive and management roles in supply chain, general management, finance and strategy in various countries, amongst them the US, UK, Italy and Singapore.

Philip A. Hodges.

Carlsberg Group CEO, Cees ´t Hart says: “Philip A. Hodges brings a wealth of international experience from very senior supply chain roles at reputable, global companies, and I am sure he will add significant value and new insights to the Group.”

Philip A. Hodges says: “Carlsberg is a fantastic company with a rich heritage, iconic brands and strong potential. The Carlsberg people have been great and very welcoming. They have embarked on an important journey of integrating all Supply Chain functions into a truly End to End approach aimed at optimising performance. I look forward to joining the team and together taking that process to the next level.”

Phil holds a BSc in Management Science and Geology from Keele University (UK), and he started his professional career at Citigroup Investment Banking in 1987. He will be based in Ziegelbrücke, Switzerland.

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Remy Cointreau Establishes New Whisky Business

French drinks group Remy Cointreau has created a new ‘Whisky Business Unit’ following its recent acquisitions of Domaine des Hautes Glaces in France and Westland Distillery in the USA to further extended its portfolio into the fast growing high-end single malt whisky category. The new unit is headed by Simon Coughlin (pictured right), who is currently chief executive at Bruichladdich, Remy Cointreau’s Scotch whisky operation.

Based in Seattle, Westland Distillery produces whiskey that offers a distinctly American single malt style. Domaine des Hautes Glaces is an organic mountain farm distillery located in the heart of the French Alps.

Simon Coughlin will remain at Islay-based Bruichladdich and take overall control of all three companies. Douglas Taylor (pictured left), currently Global Brand Director, has been appointed chief executive of Bruichladdich. Douglas Taylor joined Bruichladdich in 2011 and has worked closely with Simon Coughlin since that time.

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Edrington Announces New Leadership Appointments

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced a number of leadership changes at its Super Premium, Regional Power Brands and Global Travel Retail Divisions. The moves follow on the decision of Bill Farrar, Managing Director Super Premium, to leave Edrington in June 2017 to pursue new business interests.

Bill’s career with Edrington stretches back to 1989, since which time he has led marketing strategy for several of the world’s most successful spirit brands. He joined the Edrington board in 2003 and has overseen the rapid growth of The Macallan and the development of Edrington’s international distribution businesses. In his current role he has been at the forefront of the company’s innovation team and its fast-growing super premium spirit brands, including Highland Park single malt.

Bill Farrar.

Paul Ross will succeed Bill as Managing Director Super Premium, transferring from his current assignment as President of Edrington Americas. Paul is an experienced international leader who has built the Edrington Americas organisation and delivered exceptional growth during his assignment in New York. Paul will be succeeded as President of Edrington Americas by Chris Spalding, who was heavily involved in the creation of Edrington Americas and is currently Commercial Director, North America.

Edrington has also named Aristotelis ‘Tellis’ Baroutsis as Managing Director of the company’s Regional Power Brands business unit, which is responsible for The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark blended Scotch whiskies and Brugal rum. Tellis joined Edrington as Managing Director of Edrington Nordics before transferring to Singapore to establish the company’s global travel retail business.

Igor Boyadjian replaces Tellis as Managing Director of Edrington Global Travel Retail in Singapore. Igor was co-owner of the Edrington Fix joint venture, based in Dubai, and brings a deep understanding of the travel retail business to his new role.

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Seafood Scotland Nets a New Leader

Patrick Hughes has been appointed as the new head of Seafood Scotland, the organisation set up ‘by the industry for the industry’ in 1999 to increase the value of return to the Scottish seafood sector.  He joins from SAC Consulting, the consulting arm of the Scotland’s Rural College, where he was Senior Food and Drink consultant.  He worked closely with emerging and established food & drink businesses across Scotland to highlight best practice, identify collaborative opportunities and facilitate key learnings that would affect growth, profitability and greater commercialisation of the sector.

As part of his previous role, Patrick led the Scottish Government funded Think Local programme followed by Connect Local, Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service launched in July 2016, comprising SAC Consulting, Scotland Food & Drink, SAOS (the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society) and Seafood Scotland.

Having graduated from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Patrick then spent just over 20 years working in the seafood sector across the North-East, and it is this combination – of food and drink experience, first-hand seafood knowledge and direct experience as a seafood producer and supplier, that he will bring to the role as Head of Seafood Scotland.

Patrick Hughes.

On his ambitions for the role, and Seafood Scotland, Patrick comments: “I am particularly looking forward to tackling some of the significant challenges facing the seafood sector over the next couple of years.  In an ever-changing landscape, we don’t yet know what form these challenges will take, so we will need to be adaptable, nimble and receptive to the opportunities that change could bring.

“My remit is to transform Seafood Scotland into a sustainable organisation that will continue to support and grow the sector whilst working closely with the wider food and drink industry and I relish the opportunity to be at the head of the organisation at such a transformative time.”

Seafood Scotland operates worldwide, alongside Government agencies such as Scottish Development International, to promote the wealth of Scottish seafood to a global trade market, which increasingly values the quality and provenance that Scottish seafood is famed for.  Focusing on restaurant and catering trade deals, the organisation targets trade buyers, wholesalers, industry influencers and chefs in the US, Europe (including the rest of the UK), the Middle-East and Asia – acting as the conduit between in-country trade markets and Scottish suppliers.

Iain Macsween, Chairman of Seafood Scotland, says: “Patrick’s knowledge of the Seafood sector, alongside his experience of helping businesses develop and grow, made him the natural choice for the role.  The Seafood Scotland board looks forward to working with Patrick not only to develop further international opportunities for Scotland’s seafood industry, but also to grow the home market – encouraging chefs and trade suppliers in the UK to source top quality seafood from domestic shores.”

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David Hart Appointed as Business Unit Director of Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth has appointed David Hart as Business Unit Director. He will report to the CEO and be responsible for global business of Mediterranean Umami, an all-natural sodium reduction solution.

“We are excited to have David join our team,” says Dovik Tal, CEO for Salt of the Earth. “His extensive experience, especially at the nexus of food and health, is a significant addition of capabilities that will drive the growth of our Mediterranean Umami business around the world.”

Hart has more than 12 years of international experience in food, functional food and health ingredients markets. He has held commercial positions in the industry since 2004, including at multinationals LycoRed and Frutarom. In his most recent position, he served as Vice President of Marketing at Qualitas Health; responsible for the creation of global sales and marketing infrastructure for Almega PL, an award-winning, plant-based omega-3 ingredient. Hart holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California, Davis.

David Hart.

“Mediterranean Umami is an ‘on-trend’ sodium-reduction solution for the food industry, and a great example of Israeli innovation,” notes Hart. “In addition to its outstanding organoleptic properties, Mediterranean Umami is an all-natural ingredient that enables a clean label in food products. Given regulatory requirements in many countries, food manufacturers are searching for technologies to effectively reduce sodium and enhance umami flavor. It is an honor to join one of the pioneers of the Israeli food industry, and I look forward to contributing to the success of Mediterranean Umami and Salt of the Earth.”

The World Health Organization has issued guidelines for reducing salt intake to less than 5 grams/day (less than 2,000 mg sodium / day), from the current levels of 9-12 grams/day. Per the WHO, reducing salt intake has been identified as one of the most cost-effective measures countries can take to improve population health outcomes as salt intake of less than 5 grams/day for adults helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and coronary heart attack. The governments of the UK, Israel and the US are among those who have issued regulations regarding sodium-reduction in foods. Given this public health need and regulatory trend, Salt of the Earth has invested significantly in technologies for sodium reduction.

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New Chairman For Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle, the global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, has appointed Dr Gerry Murphy (pictured) as a non-executive director and Chairman-designate. He will join the Board on 1 January 2017 and will succeed Sir Peter Gershon as Chairman of the company on 1 April 2017 following Sir Peter’s retirement as a Director on 31 March 2017.

Dr Murphy is Chairman of The Blackstone Group’s principal European entity. His early career was in the food and drinks sector, primarily with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo) and Greencore Group, where he was CEO, before becoming CEO of Exel, Carlton Communications and most recently Kingfisher (2003 to 2008). He is a non-executive Director of British American Tobacco and Intertrust and has held non-executive directorships in a number of London-listed companies including Merlin Entertainments from 2013 to 2015.

Sir Peter Gershon says: “I am delighted to welcome Gerry to the Board of Tate & Lyle and very much look forward to working closely with him during the first quarter of calendar 2017 as we transition the Chairmanship. Gerry’s extensive experience in the food industry and as chief executive, investor and independent director in leading international companies equips him well to guide Tate & Lyle in the years ahead.”

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New Chief Executive For Sodiaal

Sodiaal, France’s leading and Europe’s third-largest dairy co-operative, has appointed Jorge Boucas as chief executive, effective 1 February 2017. Jorge Boucas’ role will be to lead Sodiaal’s new strategy aimed at taking the company to the next level in its development. Over the past five years, Sodiaal has grown in size, notably with the successful acquisition of Entremont, developed into a European player active in all dairy sectors and kept its fundamentals strong throughout the dairy industry’s crisis.

Jorge Boucas has served until now as the executive board chairman of the family-owned Roullier Group, a European leader in agricultural supplies. He began his career as a strategy consultant for industrial companies, notably at McKinsey, before joining Roullier as industrial manager in 2004.

Jorge Boucas.

Damien Lacombe, chairman of Sodiaal, says: “As the French leader in milk collection and Europe’s third-largest dairy co-operative, we have a major role to play vis-à-vis our French consumers and the global markets for milk and dairy products. That’s why I am very pleased to welcome Jorge Boucas, who, as Sodiaal’s CEO, will take aim at advancing the performance of our co-operative in a meaningful way, to defend the interests of our 20,000 dairy farmers, who produce milk recognized worldwide for its quality. I believe that Jorge will be able to lead our 9,000 employees through this step, crucial to Sodiaal’s development, with strength and enthusiasm.”

Sodiaal is active in all dairy sectors, from cheese (Entremont, Monts & Terroirs, Les Fromageries Occitanes and CF&R), liquid milk, cream and butter (Candia), to dairy nutrition and ingredients (Euroserum, Nutribio, Bonilait, and Regilait), and ultra-fresh and frozen dairy products (Yoplait, Yeo Frais and Boncolac).

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Executive Appointments at Hain Celestial

The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India, has announced a number of executive team appointments for Hain Celestial United States, Hain Pure Protein Corporation and Hain Celestial United Kingdom.

Gary W Tickle joins Hain Celestial in the US as Chief Operating Officer. He is a proven leader, both in the United States and internationally, having served in various executive roles driving innovation, global strategy development and execution at Nestlé Group.  Gary most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Infant Nutrition North America with responsibility for the Gerber and Nestle brands.

Jerome ‘Jay’ W. Erskin joins Hain Celestial United States as Chief Supply Chain Officer. He is a results oriented operations executive with strong experience in the food and beverage industries in the United States, having started his business career at Kraft Foods Inc. as a Manufacturing and Procurement Manager.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (PRNewsFoto/The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.)

James R Meiers has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hain Pure Protein Corporation overseeing the Empire® Kosher, Plainville Farms® and FreeBird® poultry brands and the protein business of Hain Celestial in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer at Hain Celestial, including the company’s recently announced Project Terra worldwide cost savings initiative.

In the United Kingdom, James Skidmore has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Hain Daniels, having joined the company with the Orchard House Foods acquisition in December 2015.  James is responsible for the Hain Daniels business with its Grocery, Fruit and Chilled and Frozen business units featuring the Hartley’s®,  New Covent Garden Soup Co. ®, Linda McCartney’s®, Sun-Pat® and Robertson’s® brands, among others.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of these seasoned consumer packaged foods industry executives. They further strengthen our worldwide leadership team and their future contributions will be invaluable as Hain Celestial grows to the next level internationally with the strength of our diversified portfolio of organic, natural and better-for-you brands,” comments Irwin D Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hain Celestial.

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New Finance Director Appointed at Matcon

Matcon, the specialist in IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems, has announced that Israr Ghulam has joined the company as Finance Director. Israr succeeds Stephen Ball who, as previously announced, was appointed to the position of Managing Director at Matcon in January 2016.

Israr will manage his duties alongside his other position as Finance and Site Director of Gast Europe (based in Redditch), which is also part of the IDEX Corporation.

An experienced finance professional, Israr has extensive corporate experience and joined IDEX in November 2014, having previously worked as Finance Director for Eaton, a Power Management Solutions provider.  This role involved the overseeing of Finance functions across two manufacturing sites, one in the West Midlands and another in France. Prior to this, Israr held a finance position at Mettler-Toledo, a respected supplier of Matcon.

Israr will be responsible for all elements of the finance function for Matcon and will ensure that Matcon’s finance team evolves in tandem with its business growth initiatives.

Commenting on his appointment, Israr said “Joining the Matcon team is an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to working with the wider team as well as combining this role with my existing position at GAST.”

Headquartered at Evesham in the UK, Matcon specialise in providing IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems for handling and processing powders, granules, tablets and capsules. The company’s unique Cone Valve technology has a world-wide reputation built on 35 years of experience across the food, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

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New Chief For Coca-Cola European Partners

Damian Gammell will succeed John F Brock, who is retiring, as chief executive of Coca-Cola European Partners on28 December, 2016. Coca-Cola European Partners is the result of the merger of three Coca-Cola bottlers in Western Europe – Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Germany-based Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetranke. Coca-Cola European Partners operates more than 50 bottling plants, employs approximately 25,000 people and generates volume sales of 2.5 billion unit cases.

Damian Gammell is currently chief operating officer of Coca-Cola European Partners. Prior to this, he served as chief executive of Anadolu EFES , one of the world’s largest beverage companies and chief executive of Coca-Cola Icecek, the world’s fourth largest Coca-Cola bottler. During his 25-year career with the Coca-Cola system, Damian Gammell served as head of The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in Germany and Russia, and worked in parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

“The board of directors would like to thank John Brock for his leadership in establishing the strong foundation from which our new business operates,” says Sol Daurella, chairman of Coca-Cola European Partners. “John and Damian were both instrumental in the creation of Coca-Cola European Partners. Damian is an exceptional leader who has the vision, experience and dynamism we need to transform and grow the business into the future. Our board of directors has every confidence in him and his ability to drive long-term growth and shareowner value. Together, John and Damian will ensure a smooth transition, and we have the right leadership to ensure Coca-Cola European Partners is well placed to realise its potential.”

Coca-ColaTasteTheFeeling1“The non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverage category in Western Europe represents significant potential for growth. We have created the platform to capture that opportunity and have already begun to see benefits coming from the merger. I know that with Damian as its leader, the company is ready to build on this momentum and realize the opportunities that lie ahead,” says John Brock.

“Driven by the needs of our customers and focused on how we serve our local markets, Coca-Cola European Partners will unlock the opportunity that exists in this category and win in Western Europe,” says Damian Gammell. “It will be an honour to lead this company and work alongside some of the best people in the business and the world’s most loved brands, aligned behind one roadmap for success.”

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Pictured (left to right): Damian Gammell, Sol Daurella and John F Brock.

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New Appointment at AutoCoding Systems

AutoCoding Systems, software specialist in packaging device automation and data integrity, has announced the appointment of Graeme Hartley (pictured) as Business Development Manager covering the North of England and Scotland. Graeme has a wealth of experience initially gained in engineering giving him the necessary knowledge early in his career to move into a Sales Engineer role.  Since then he has held various sales and sales management positions within both automation manufacturing and system integration.

He has spent several years working for a leading UK System Integrator where he gained valuable experience in the sale of large scale automation, SCADA and MES systems.  Graeme has an established technical sales background which will be invaluable as he continues to develop new opportunities in the North of England and Scotland, as well as maintaining AutoCoding Systems’ established customer base in these areas.

Graeme comments: “I am delighted to be joining AutoCoding Systems Ltd at such an exciting time, when we have a new ‘world-class’ coding and packaging verification solution available to the global market place.  I’m looking forward to bringing the expertise and knowledge that I have gained in previous roles whilst working for major automation manufacturers and system integrators across a multitude of industries in the UK.”

AutoCoding Systems has enjoyed considerable growth over the last couple of years not only in the UK, but also in the US and Australia.  Their success in new markets has led to an extensive recruitment drive in the areas of sales, technical support and software development.

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Bord Bia Appoints New CEO

Bord Bia, has announced the appointment of Tara McCarthy (pictured) as Chief Executive. Ms McCarthy will succeed current Chief Executive, Aidan Cotter, who will retire in January 2017. Ms McCarthy, who was appointed following a rigorous and competitive process overseen by the Board of Bord Bia, is Chief Executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), since September, 2015. Prior to this, she worked with Bord Bia for over 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including Senior Manager, Consumer Foods Division (2001–2011), and Director, Food and Beverage Division (2011–2015). She holds a B.Comm from University College Galway and a Masters of Business Studies from UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia, comments: “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Tara McCarthy to Chief Executive of Bord Bia. Tara has clearly demonstrated her leadership capabilities during a 20-year career in the agri-food industry. The competition for the role was very intense and throughout the robust process, the panel was hugely impressed by the high calibre of candidates. Tara is exceptionally well qualified to take the organisation to the next level, with a deep understanding of the work of Bord Bia. She has proven to be a strong leader and fully appreciates the need to build close relationships with the organisation’s key stakeholders. I am confident that Tara will meet any challenges facing the sector, and pursue new opportunities, with vision, determination and imagination.”

Ms McCarthy says: “It is an honour to be asked to lead Bord Bia during what is a very exciting time for the Irish food and drink industry. Our total exports target of €19 billion, as set out by FoodWise 2025, is ambitious, yet achievable, and I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders, including farmers, food manufacturers and producers in order to reach that goal. I want to pay tribute to my predecessor, Aidan Cotter, and I hope to build upon his outstanding work over the coming years.”

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NFU Appoints Director For New Brexit Unit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) in Britain has appointed a director to lead its newly-created Brexit Unit as the organisation moves to strengthen and extend its political reach in the wake of the EU Referendum. Nick von Westenholz will join the NFU as Director of EU Exit and International Trade to ensure the NFU has a co-ordinated and constant presence in its Brexit conversations with government in the crucial months ahead.

The new Brexit team is part of the NFU’s strategy to refocus and strengthen both its government and external affairs teams in London, to ensure it continues to have the impact needed on behalf of its 46,000 farmer and grower members as all-important Brexit negotiations get underway.

Nick von Westenholz.

Nick von Westenholz.

NFU Director General Terry Jones says: “We have made no secret of our determination to seize the opportunities offered by the forthcoming Brexit deals to ensure that British farming has a profitable and productive future and is able to seize and capitalise on new opportunities. Farming and food production is politically and strategically important for the UK; farming provides the raw ingredients for the UK’s food and drink sector worth £108 billion, supporting 3.9 million jobs for people nation-wide as well as delivering high quality, traceable food for a growing population.”

He adds: “In the coming weeks and months ahead it is essential that food and farming is front and centre of any talks about the UK’s relationship with Europe and the rest of the world and I am confident the building blocks being put in place now will ensure the NFU is able to work with the two new Government departments, Exiting the EU and International Trade.”

Mr von Westenholz is rejoining the NFU from his current post as chief executive of the Crop Protection Association. He is a trained barrister and previously worked with the NFU as its head of government affairs. He says: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new post at the NFU at such a critical time for UK agriculture. While Brexit presents clear challenges to UK farming in the coming years, if we get it right it offers the prospect of an exciting future, both to the benefit of domestic food production and our precious natural environment. The NFU has shown a strong intent to be on the front foot in getting the best out of Brexit for British farmers and I’m immensely excited about stepping up to that task on behalf of the NFU’s members.”

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Changes in Nestlé’s Executive Board

Luis Cantarell, Executive Vice President and Head of Zone EMENA at Nestlé, is retiring on 31 December 2016 after a long and distinguished career of 40 years in the group. Since joining the Nestlé Executive Board in 2005, Luis Cantarell led Zone Europe, was instrumental in the creation of the Nestlé Nutrition globally managed business, launched Nestlé Health Science and over the past two years successfully shaped the new Zone EMENA organisation.

As a consequence of his retirement, the Nestlé Board of Directors has decided a number of changes to the Executive Board.

Marco Settembri, currently Executive Vice President and Head of Nestlé Waters, will succeed Luis Cantarell as Executive Vice President and Head of Zone EMENA, effective 1st January 2017.

Marco Settembri, an Italian citizen with a business degree from the Bocconi University in Milan, joined Nestlé Italy in 1987. In 2004 he was appointed Managing Director of Sanpellegrino and in 2006 his responsibilities were extended when he became Market Head in Italy. In 2007 he was appointed CEO of Nestlé Purina PetCare Europe. Under his leadership petcare became one of Nestlé’s largest and most profitable businesses in Europe. Marco Settembri joined the Executive Board as Head of Nestlé Waters in 2013.

Marco Settembri.

Marco Settembri.

Maurizio Patarnello, currently Market Head of Nestlé Russia and Eurasia Region, will be appointed Deputy Executive Vice President and Head of Nestlé Waters, effective 1st January 2017 to succeed Marco Settembri.

Maurizio Patarnello, an Italian citizen, has a MBA from Naples University. He joined the Group in 1993 and held several positions in finance before moving to Sanpellegrino in 1999. Since 2002 he held positions of increasing responsibility within the Nestlé Waters business and was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Regional Business Head for Nestlé Waters Middle East and Africa in 2004, with the responsibility of Nestlé Waters Asia added in 2007. In October 2010, Maurizio Patarnello was promoted to Market Head for Ukraine and Moldova. He moved to his current role in October 2012.

Furthermore, the Nestlé Board of Directors has decided to change the business structure for Nestlé Professional from a globally managed business to a regionally managed business supported by a Nestlé Professional Strategic Business Unit, due to increasing demand for more customized products and services on a local and regional basis often linked with developments in the in-home business. In this new set-up the regional managers will report directly into their respective geographical zones. This will allow a better leverage of the Group strengths, facilitate greater focus on customers and enhance alignment and execution in each region and market, whilst ensuring full coherence with the Nestlé Professional Beverages and Food categories strategy.

As a consequence Martial Rolland, currently Head of Nestlé Professional, will take over responsibility as Market Head of Nestlé Russia and Eurasia Region effective 1st January 2017.

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Board Changes at ARYZTA

ARYZTA, the global speciality bakery and food group, has announced some significant board changes. Gary McGann is joining the board as chairman and Rolf Watter is to join as a non-executive director. The appointments are subject to approval by ARYZTA shareholders at its upcoming AGM (13 December 2016).

Retiring chairman Denis Lucey comments: “The board is delighted to have secured the services of Mr McGann and Prof Watter. Gary and Rolf bring a wealth of experience, expertise and capability which will serve the Board and the shareholders.”

Gary Mc Gann has extensive experience in leading, managing and governance of major global businesses. He is currently chairman of Paddy Power Betfair Plc., one of the leading sports betting and gaming groups in the world. Mr McGann is also a current director of Smurfit Kappa Group plc, Green REIT plc, and MPS plc.

Rolf Watter has been a partner at the Zurich law firm Bar & Karrer since 1994. He specialises in M&A and capital market transactions and is a leading expert in corporate governance. He is currently chairman of PostFinance AG and serves as a non-executive director of AW Faber Castell AG and AP Alternative Portfolio AG. He is a member of the Regulatory Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange and is also a professor of law at the University of Zurich.

ARYZTA is based in Zurich, Switzerland, with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ARYZTA has a primary listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange and a secondary listing on the ISE Irish Exchange.

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New Chief For Brakes Group’s UK Business

Brakes Group, a leading supplier to the food service sector in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden, has announced the appointment of Ton Christiaanse as its new UK CEO, replacing Phil Wieland who will be leaving the business to pursue other interests early in 2017. Christiaanse brings with him a wealth of food experience having held leadership roles in a number of organisations, including Unilever, Farm Frites and Vion, and most recently as Chairman of AK Stoddart, the leading Scottish beef processor. As one of the UK’s food experts Ton will also remain a strategic advisor to the Acoura board, the UK’s largest independent provider of risk solutions to the food and drink industry.

Christiaanse, who will report to Group CEO Ken McMeikan, will assume responsibility from Wieland on 1 January 2017 after spending time being introduced to the specifics of the business and operations in the wider group.

It has also been confirmed that Duncan Gibson, Managing Director Corporate, Public and Logistics, will leave Brakes early in 2017 after six years with the business. Gibson’s team will report directly to Christiaanse.

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Greencore Appoints New CFO

Greencore Group has appointed Eoin Tonge (pictured) as chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from 3 October 2016. He will replace Alan Williams, who will be leaving Greencore after nearly six years to become the chief financial officer of Travis Perkins plc. Alan Williams will step down on 3 October, but will work closely with Eoin Tonge and the wider Greencore leadership team until the end of 2016 to ensure a smooth period of transition.

Eoin Tonge joined Greencore in early 2006 as group capital markets director, with responsibility for treasury, investor relations, and group communications. He was promoted to group strategy and corporate development director in 2009. Since 2014 he has been managing director of Greencore’s Grocery Division in the UK. He has been a member of the group’s executive board since its inception in 2012. Eoin Tonge worked for Goldman Sachs from 1994 to 2005, holding a variety of finance, treasury and capital market roles in London, Hong Kong and New York. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.

Eoin Tonge will be replaced as managing director of the Grocery Division by Nigel Blakey, who is currently that division’s finance director.

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New Head of Arla Foods Sweden

Head of Arla’s South East Asian business, Patrik Hansson, is to return to Sweden as the new head of Arla’s Swedish business from 1 November. He will take over from Henri de Sauvage who announced he is leaving Arla to pursue external opportunities.

Earlier this year, Henri de Sauvage announced that he would leave Arla towards the end of the year to pursue external opportunities and a process began to find his successor. Henri has agreed to stay connected to Arla as an external strategic advisor to develop Arla’s Foodservice business in Europe.

“Henri has done an excellent job for Arla both in Sweden and at Group level. I would have liked for him to have continued in his current role. Henri has, however, chosen to move on. Therefore, I am particularly pleased that he has agreed to continue to be connected to Arla and work with us to further develop our Foodservice business in Europe,” says Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods.

The new head of Arla’s Swedish business has a lot to offer in terms of skills and experience.

Patrik Hansson.

Patrik Hansson.

Patrik Hansson has a thorough understanding of the Swedish market and knows Arla’s strengths and challenges. He joined Arla Sweden in 2011 with responsibility for the cheese, butter and fruit drinks business in Sweden. Prior to this Patrik had close to 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales and finance in international fast moving consumer goods companies. In 2015, Patrik was appointed head of Arla’s business in South East Asia where he has made SEA one of Arla’s fastest growing regions globally.

“It will be great to return back to the fantastic organisation in Sweden and lead the future development of our consumer and customer offerings. Arla is a great company that has gone through tough times lately. I am convinced our natural healthy products, together with the cooperative model, are a winning recipe with tomorrow’s consumers,” says Patrik Hansson.

A process to find Patrik Hanson’s replacement has been initiated.

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New Chief Financial Officer at Edrington

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has appointed Paul Hyde to the position of chief financial officer.

Paul Hyde is a chartered accountant who joined the company in 1997 and occupied a number of senior finance roles before becoming the company’s strategy and development director.

Paul Hyde.

Paul Hyde.

He was appointed to the Edrington Board in 2015 as managing director of regional power brands. In this role he has combined the leadership of Edrington’s blended Scotch whisky and rum portfolio – The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, and Brugal – with geographical responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.

Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, says: “I’m very pleased to confirm that Paul will become Edrington’s chief financial officer. He has made a significant contribution to the company’s development over a period spanning nearly 20 years. His extensive commercial experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable for this key board appointment.”

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Leadership Changes at Nestlé

Ulf Mark Schneider (pictured) will become the new CEO of Nestlé, starting on 1 January 2017. He will replace current CEO Paul Bulcke, who is due to succeed Peter Brabeck-Letmathe as Chairman of Nestlé.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, having served Nestlé for 50 years, of which 14 years on the Executive Board, 11 years as CEO and 12 years as Chairman, will have reached the mandatory age of retirement and is to relinquish all his board functions.

The Nestlé board of directors has decided to propose Paul Bulcke for election as Chairman at the next Annual General Meeting on 6 April 2017. In order to prepare for this future role as active, non-executive Chairman and respect a minimum cooling-off period, Paul Bulcke will resign from his present position as CEO on 31 December 2016.

Paul Bulcke.

Paul Bulcke.

Paul Bulcke was appointed CEO and member of the board of directors on 10 April 2008 and, under his successful leadership at the helm of the company for over 8 years, Nestlé has experienced industry-outperforming development and made further progress in its journey to become the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company.

The Nestlé board has also reconfirmed the long-term orientation for Nestlé as a Nutrition, Health and Wellness company and expressed the intention of fully integrating both Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Skin Health into the Nestlé organization reporting directly to the CEO of Nestlé from 1 January 2017.

Ulf Mark Schneider has been CEO of Fresenius Group since 2003. Fresenius, which offers high-quality products and services for dialysis, hospitals and outpatient treatments, has prospered strongly under the leadership of Ulf Schneider over the past 13 years. Today, with over 220,000 employees in more than 100 countries and annual sales €28 billion, Fresenius is one of the world’s leading diversified healthcare companies.

NestleBrandsCompressedIn order to ensure a smooth hand-over phase, Ulf Mark Schneider will join Nestlé on 1 September 2016 for an introductory period. Together with Paul Bulcke, who is highly experienced in the area of fast moving consumer goods, the new team is ideally suited to accelerate Nestlé’s journey to become the world’s preeminent Nutrition, Health and Wellness company whilst fostering Nestlé’s values and principles.

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe comments: “With the proposed appointment of Paul Bulcke as Chairman of the board and Ulf Mark Schneider as CEO, the board has increased the company’s capabilities to accelerate Nestlé’s journey to become the world’s preeminent player in the Nutrition, Health and Wellness sector. Together with our excellent executive team, Nestlé is well prepared to face the increasingly difficult external environment and deliver on both its long-term and short-term performance goals.”

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke says: “I thank the board for their confidence in proposing me as Chairman and I’m looking forward to working with Ulf Mark Schneider for Nestlé’s continued success. Ulf Mark Schneider brings to Nestlé a wealth of proven and seasoned professional and personal skills which will blend very well with Nestlé’s experienced management and company culture.”

Ulf Mark Schneider remarks: “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to join Nestlé. This is a truly iconic global company with a proud heritage and tremendous future prospects. With consumers around the world taking a deeper interest in their personal health and wellbeing, Nestlé’s industry-leading global food and beverage business positions it well for advancing the vision of Nutrition, Health and Wellness. I very much look forward to working with the Nestlé team and all Nestlé stakeholders as we continue to pursue this vision.”

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New Chief For Pernod Ricard UK

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that Denis O’Flynn has decided to leave the group at the end of September. Laurent Pillet, currently CEO of Pernod Ricard, Sub-Saharan Africa, will replace Denis O’Flynn as Pernod Ricard UK Managing Director.

Denis O’Flynn comments: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last five years at Pernod Ricard UK. Working with a great team, I am proud of our continued progress in both the on and off trade and our increased market share as well as the consolidation of our company strategy ‘Shaping the Nation’s Drinking Experiences’. I am also honoured to have been the Chairman of the WSTA and to get to know so many people through the last few important years for the UK drinks industry. My decision to leave is the right one for me and my family and I am delighted to be returning to Dublin to be with them. I leave a great team at Pernod Ricard UK who will take the business to the next level.”

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New Chief For British Frozen Food Federation

John Hyman (pictured right) has been selected to succeed Brian Young (pictured left) as chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation. John Hyman, a highly experienced food industry professional, was previously UK group commercial director at Adelie Foods and has held senior roles at First Drinks, Dairy Crest, Heinz and Arla.

John Hyman comments: “I’m delighted to be joining such a dynamic and successful federation. The frozen food industry is a real success story. Every day of the week our members provide delicious, nutritious and affordable food to millions of consumers and diners in households and catering establishments across the UK. In the last decade, Brian and the BFFF team have developed the federation to become one of the leading trade associations in the food industry. I’m looking forward to building on that success and representing our members as effectively as possible.”

John Hyman will start on August 17 and work alongside Brian Young until he formally retires towards the end of 2016.

The search for a new chief executive was announced last November by BFFF president, Peter Allan, at the federation’s annual lunch.

Brian Young has been chief executive of the trade body for almost 10 years. In that time BFFF has increased its membership, modernised its structure and launched a range of new services including an annual business conference.

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Leadership Change at Lindt & Sprüngli

Swiss confectionery group Lindt & Sprüngli has announced that Ernst Tanner, President & CEO, has decided to focus on the role as Executive Chairman by the end of 2016. At the same time the board of directors has appointed Dr Dieter Weisskopf, Group Chief Financial Officer, as new Group Chief Executive Officer.

Ernst Tanner comments: “I am proud of what the Management Team together with over 13,000 passionate and dedicated employees has achieved over the past 20 years and I am looking forward to a successful future. Thanks to our strong culture we have built a great foundation to further strengthen our position as the worldwide leading premium chocolate company. I am very pleased that I can hand over the CEO responsibilities to Dr Dieter Weisskopf, who will together with the Group Management and my support continue our success story.”

Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate segment. The company operates 12 production sites in Europe and the USA. It products are distributed by 24 subsidiary companies and branch offices, and also via a comprehensive network of more than 100 independent distributors around the globe. With over 13,000 employees, the Lindt & Sprüngli reported sales worth SFr3.65 billion in 2015.

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Changes to Emmi Group Management

With effect from 1 January 2017, Swiss dairy group Emmi has announced a number of changes to its Group Management. Robert Muri, Executive Vice President Switzerland, will retire at the end of 2016 as planned. His role will be taken over by Marc Heim, currently Executive Vice President Europe. Marc Heim’s successor will be Robin Barraclough, the group’s current Chief Marketing Officer. As part of the reshuffle, Emmi will be expanding its Group Management with a Chief Supply Chain Officer. The search for candidates for this newly created position and for the vacant position of Chief Marketing Officer has been initiated.

Robert Muri has worked for Emmi for over 30 years, 21 of which as a member of Group Management. Among other roles, he has been in charge of marketing and sales of fresh products, and subsequently the entire Fresh Products Division. In 2004, he also assumed responsibility for the Dairy Products Division, and was appointed Deputy CEO in 2007. Robert Muri played a decisive role in Emmi’s transition from a regional to an international company, for which it owes him a great debt of gratitude.

Marc Heim has been at Emmi since 2009 and currently holds the role of Executive Vice President Europe. From 2009 to 2013, he was Head of Sales for Emmi, and therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the Swiss business. Since the beginning of 2014, he has achieved very good results in the business division Europe. His previous professional experience includes management roles at Effems AG (now Mars Schweiz AG), Kambly SA and Halter Bonbons AG.

Robin Barraclough has also been at Emmi since 2009. As Chief Marketing Officer, he has successfully carried forward Emmi’s strategy, with a focus on strong brands. Before joining Emmi, he held key marketing roles at Mars Incorporated over a period of 16 years, spending time in Bremen and Moscow, among other locations.

As part of its succession planning, Emmi has decided to expand Group Management with the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer. An important reason behind this is the additional potential that can be tapped by structuring production and logistics processes in Swiss and international production facilities more efficiently. A corresponding level of importance will therefore be attached to the topic within the company.

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Leadership Change at ABP Food Group

ABP Food Group has announced that Paul Finnerty will retire from his role as CEO on 30th September 2016. Frank Stephenson, current Group Chief Operations Officer, has been appointed as his successor stepping into the role on 1st October 2016.

Frank Stephenson joined ABP in January 2015 as Group Chief Operations Officer. He brings to the group a wide range of operational, financial and strategic experience in international agribusiness having worked for 20 years with Glanbia plc in a variety of senior management roles in Ireland, the UK and the USA. His most recent role prior to joining ABP was as COO of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, a $1 billion revenue business based in Chicago, North America.

ABP Group Executive Chairman Larry Goodman says: “On behalf of the Board I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Paul for his considerable contribution to the development of ABP in the past 11 years. Our business has achieved significant growth during his tenure and is well positioned to meet future opportunities and challenges. I am also delighted that Frank Stephenson is taking up the role of CEO. Frank’s extensive experience in international agri business, most recently in the USA, will bring skills and perspectives to the Group that will be important for ABP moving forward.”

Group CEO Paul Finnerty comments: “Having been with ABP for 11 years I feel that now is the right time to pass the role of CEO on to someone new. I am delighted that Frank Stephenson has been appointed as my successor. Frank brings great international business experience to ABP and his skill set ideally fits the hard working culture and drive of ABP as it positions itself for the next phase of growth and development.”

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New Chairman For Diageo

Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán (pictured) will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from 22 July 2016 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017 on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer, who has held the position for the last eight years. Javier Ferrán is a partner at Lion Capital having been a founder partner since 2005. Prior to that he spent over 10 years at Bacardi, latterly as president and chief executive. He is currently a non-executive director at SAB Miller, Associated British Foods and Desigual, and a member of the advisory board of Agrolimen and the ESADE Business School. Mr Ferrán will not seek re-election to the Board of SAB Miller at their AGM on 21 July 2016.

Lord Davies of Abersoch, senior non-executive director, chairman nominations committee, remarks: “The board is delighted that Javier has agreed to be the next chairman of Diageo. He has experience across the consumer sector, given his career at both Lion Capital and Bacardi, and he has demonstrated his ability to enable companies to drive value through the rigorous deployment of capital. He therefore brings a strong set of skills and experience to the role of chairman.”

Javier Ferrán says: “It will be a privilege to chair the Diageo board. The company is in a strong position with leading brands, geographic reach and financial strength. It now has a consumer facing culture and a rigorous approach to the decisions it makes.”

Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo, says: “I am very pleased to welcome Javier to the Diageo board. He brings a wealth of experience to the role of chairman. On behalf of everyone at Diageo I want to thank Franz for the role he has played in making Diageo the strong business it is today. The appointment of someone of Javier’s ability as Franz’s successor is a tribute to all that Franz has contributed to Diageo. Diageo is executing a clear strategy with discipline in order to deliver accelerated top line growth, greater productivity and continued strong cash flow. I look forward to working with Javier as we build Diageo’s leadership position and achieve our ambition.”

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Petrow Food Group Creates Recipe For Success with New Appointments

Petrow Food Group has strengthened the foundation for its future growth plans with the appointment of two new business development managers – John Lowe and Fatma Akalin McGee. Petrow Food Group supplies a wide range of dried fruit and nut products to a variety of independent and multinational food manufacturers, with product applications including chocolates, muesli, breakfast cereals, snack foods, ready meals, pickles, sauces and bakery products.

Fatma Akalin McGee joins the leading supplier of specialised ingredients to the food industry with a career spanning several senior roles in global and European ingredients organisations. Her career began in her native Turkey with a leading organic global food ingredients company, serving key international brands. She moved to the UK in 2009 to set up and run the company’s UK subsidiary.

During her career, Fatma has built a wealth of experience including operations, marketing, sales, imports, exports and logistics with a specialism in organic dried fruits.

John Lowe brings over 20 years’ experience in the food ingredients industry in the UK and Europe to Petrow. He comes to the business with vast experience of working for global companies based in the UK and Germany, with a key focus on dried fruits. His customer portfolio has included health foods, nutrition, culinary, cereal and confectionery.

John and Fatma will use their expanse of experience and knowledge to build on Petrow’s solid business base and help to develop its product portfolio according to new consumer and market trends.

The appointments come following the company’s £4 million investment and opening of its 80,000 sq. ft. factory and warehouse facility in Haverhill, Suffolk.

“The new site has increased production capacity to support growth within our ingredient product and contract packing business,” explains Petrow Food Group Managing Director, Ian Tatchell. “Both John and Fatma bring the knowledge and experience essential to deliver the specialist service to customers that is demanded in today’s evolving market.”

The 7.2 acre Haverhill site, previously purpose built for food ingredients, was opened by Petrow Food Group in 2015. Petrow has invested in the site and significantly upgraded processing and screening facilities whilst increasing capacity to support growth in the company’s ingredient product and contract packing business.

Petrow Food Group incorporates Petrow Food Industries (PFI) and also Quality Kernels Ltd, which it purchased in 2013. The group combines PFI’s leading know-how in chopping, pasting and slicing dried fruit with Quality Kernels’ expertise in nibbing, grinding, pasting and roasting a full range of nuts and seeds in a peanut-free environment.

The company can now offer the complete package of both the trading and processing of dried fruit, coconut, date, seeds and nut products (excluding groundnuts). The group continues with its blending and packaging lines at its Perivale site in West London, where it has a segregated facility for the handling of groundnuts and allergens. Both facilities have been granted and currently hold A rating certification under BRC Global Standards, the leading Food Safety Standard.

The group offers customers in wholesale and manufacturing a complete range of processing and packing services. It can also provide industrial, foodservice and retail clients a contract packing business.

All production takes place in allergen-controlled and organic approved environments and all products are fully traceable back to origin.

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Petrow Food Group’s new business development managers – John Lowe and Fatma Akalin McGee.

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Diageo Makes Changes to Executive Committee

Diageo has announced some changes to its executive committee. After 27 years with the business, Nick Blazquez is to leave Diageo in order to pursue new opportunities and challenges. He will continue as a Diageo nominee non-executive director on the United Spirits Ltd (USL) board until the end of the calendar year but will step down from the Diageo executive committee on 30 June 2016. At that time, John Kennedy, currently President, Europe, Russia and Turkey, and Alberto Gavazzi, currently President, Latin America and Caribbean, will expand their responsibilities. John will partner with Anand Kripalu, CEO of USL, in delivering Diageo’s growth opportunity in India. Diageo will nominate John to replace Nick as Diageo’s senior non-executive director on the USL board. Alberto will take accountability for Diageo’s GTME business and the Global Sales Operational Excellence agenda.

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo, says: “I have valued Nick’s contribution to the development of the strategy, performance, values and culture Diageo has today. During his career he has provided strong leadership across many parts of our business from Great Britain to Africa, Asia Pacific, Russia, Turkey and latterly India. He has played a key role in the development of Diageo’s sustainability agenda as the originator of our Water of Life programme, growing businesses which provide employment and championing local agriculture.

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New Head For Danone’s Early Life Nutrition Business

Danone has appointed Bridgette Heller as Executive Vice President of its Early Life Nutrition business and as a member of the group’s Executive Committee with effect from July 1, 2016. She takes over from Felix Martin Garcia, who has led the development of this business for nearly six years.

Over the past 17 years, Bridgette Heller has held a range of positions, starting with Kraft Foods and moving on to serve as Global President for Johnson & Johnson, Baby Care, before becoming President, Consumer Care, for Merck.

Bridgette Heller.

Bridgette Heller.

Backed by very solid international experience, she has developed expertise in both FMCG and Healthcare that offers a perfect fit with the specific needs and challenges involved in growing the Early Life Nutrition business.

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone, says: “I would first like to salute and thank Felix Martin Garcia for his contributions to Danone’s growth in the key positions he’s held for 18 years. Let me refer in particular to the past few years, when he successfully led our Early Life Nutrition division—now our second business by sales. His loyalty, commitment, energy and talent are acknowledged and appreciated by one and all. Bridgette Heller is a proven leader with impressive experience who, throughout her career, has demonstrated a unique ability to engage her teams. I believe that passing the baton to her will ensure continued success for our category.”

In 2015, the Early Life Nutrition division generated sales of nearly €5 billion, reporting Danone’s strongest growth (nearly 10%) and operating margin (19%).

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New Director of Group Procurement at 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s largest food manufacturer, has promoted Jonathan Russell to Director of Group Procurement, responsible for the company’s £1.5 billion a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain. In his new role, Jonathan Russell will be responsible for a team of 22 specialist buyers sourcing everything from animal feeds to fresh food ingredients and packaging to plastic gloves for 2 Sisters Food Group’s 44 manufacturing sites.

2 Sisters Food Group is one of the UK’s largest buyers of food and agricultural products. It currently buys around 10% of the UK wheat crop, and is one of Europe’s largest buyers of mozzarella.

Jonathan Russell previously headed up both Food and Commodity buying teams within 2 Sisters Food Group but his new wider role will see him working to build the entire supply chain to meet growing volume requirements for all 2 Sisters’ products.

“I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and helping 2 Sisters Food Group, and its customers, secure the best materials and services, at the best prices,” states Jonathan Russell.

“I see the role of procurement at 2 Sisters Food Group as ‘future proofing’ the business, ensuring our sourcing strategy is aligned to our business units and customers’ needs. We will continue our journey on building strong partnerships with our key suppliers, especially given that we are one of the UK farming industry’s biggest buyers.”

Jonathan Russell joined 2 Sisters Food Group in 2005 having previously worked as a buyer at retailer Iceland.

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New Head For Premier Foods’ International Business Unit

Premier Foods has appointment Jette Andersen as Managing Director of its International Business Unit. Jette will report directly to Gavin Darby, CEO, and will join the Executive Leadership Team, reflecting the increasing importance of international markets to the company’s growth strategy.

Jette has previously held a number of senior positions in the food and drink sector and has extensive experience in international markets built throughout the last 20 years. She joins from Orangina Schweppes International (OSI), a division of Suntory Food & Beverage Europe, where she held several senior management positions based in Copenhagen, Zurich and Amsterdam.

Most recently, Jette was General Manager North Europe, French Territories, Caribbean and North America leading the development of OSI’s business in 40 markets. She also played a key role in the integration of Lucozade and Ribena into the international business following Suntory’s acquisition of the brands in 2014.

Gavin Darby, CEO of Premier Foods, says: “Growing our brands in key international markets such as North America and Australasia is a key part of our growth strategy. Over the last year we’ve been strengthening our international team, and I’m delighted that Jette has joined us at this critical time. Her experience will be invaluable as we seek to expand into new markets.”

The appointment follows the departure of Peter Ellis to take up a senior position elsewhere in the industry.

One of Britain’s largest food producers, Premier Foods supplies a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with brands, including Ambrosia, Batchelors, Bisto, Loyd Grossman, Mr Kipling, Oxo and Sharwood’s. Premier Foods employs around 4,000 people operating from 13 sites from across the country.

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Unilever Announces New Chairman

Unilever has proposed that Dr Marijn Dekkers, one of Europe’s leading global business figures, will succeed Michael Treschow as Chairman of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC. He will be nominated for election to the boards at the Annual General Meetings in April 2016.

Dr Dekkers is currently Chief Executive Officer of Bayer but will step down from this role at the end of April.

Michael Treschow will retire from Unilever at the 2016 AGMs after having served Unilever’s usual maximum tenure of nine years as Chairman. He joined the Unilever Boards in 2007 and was the first independent, non-executive Chairman of Unilever.

Michael Treschow says: “Marijn Dekkers is a highly successful businessman with a formidable track record gained in some of the world’s most competitive industries. I have no doubt that Unilever will greatly benefit from his knowledge, international experience and his strong belief in driving business growth responsibly and in the long term.”

Marijn Dekkers says: “I am honoured to have been invited by the Boards to become Unilever’s Chairman and to help contribute to the purpose, vision and strategy of this Group. It is a great business, with great brands and an unequalled global reach. I know Paul Polman as an outstanding global leader and he and I are looking forward immensely to working together in the future.”

Dr Marijn Dekkers.

Dr Marijn Dekkers.

Unilever also announced that in addition to Michael Treschow, Hixonia Nyasulu will be retiring from the Unilever Boards at the conclusion of the 2016 AGMs having also served for nine years.

It is proposed that Strive Masiyiwa and Professor Youngme Moon join the Boards as Non-Executive Directors. They will be nominated for election to the Boards at the 2016 AGMs. As previously announced it is also proposed that Graeme Pitkethly will be nominated for election to the Boards as an Executive Director in the role of Chief Financial Officer at the 2016 AGMs.

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of global telecommunications group Econet Wireless and Youngme Moon is senior associate dean for strategy and innovation, as well as the Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, at Harvard Business School.

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New Head For Carlsberg’s Western Europe Business

Carlsberg Group has appointed Michiel J Herkemij as new Senior Vice President for the Western European region and member of Carlsberg’s executive committee, starting 1 April 2016. Michiel Herkemij will succeed Jørn Tolstrup Rohde who – upon mutual agreement – will leave Carlsberg Group to look for a new position, leading an operational company.

Michiel Herkemij brings extensive international experience from leading companies across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Since October 2015, Michiel Herkemij has served as Interim CEO of the Carlsberg Groups’ business in the UK. Prior to joining Carlsberg, his most recent FMCG-assignments include CEO roles within Sara Lee – Douwe Egberts, Heineken, Friesland Foods and British American Tobacco.

Michiel J Herkemij as new Senior Vice President for the Western European region.

Michiel J Herkemij as new Senior Vice President for the Western European region.

Julian Momen will succeed Michiel Herkemij as CEO of Carlsberg UK. Julian Momen has been CFO of Carlsberg UK since September 2012.

Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart says: “We wish Michiel Herkemij and Julian Momen all the best and every success for their new, challenging assignments, and would like to thank them for their great engagement and achievements in their current roles. To Jørn Tolstrup Rohde, we extend our sincere appreciation for his contribution to ExCom and the group, and the professional way he has handled the leadership of the Western Europe region. We wish him success in his further professional and personal future.”

Michiel Herkemij says: “Carlsberg is in a very interesting phase, and I am sure the coming years will be very exciting. Western Europe remains Carlsberg’s home field, and I look forward to working closer with the great people in the region to deliver continued strong results.”

 

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Former Red Tractor Chairman Appointed as Chairman of Acoura

David Gregory (pictured) has been appointed as Chairman of specialist food and drink compliance and risk services provider Acoura. One of the industry’s most experienced and respected technical experts, David Gregory previously spent 26 years with Marks and Spencer where, working as their Technical Director he was instrumental in growing the retailer’s hugely successful food business. Following his tenure with the retailer he then worked as Chairman of Red Tractor until Autumn last year. David Gregory has a portfolio of non-exec roles including British Retail Consortium Trading Ltd and 2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s largest food manufacturer.

Acoura Director Paul Egan says of the appointment: “I am delighted that David has joined our business at a time of significant opportunity. David is part of the fabric of the food industry and brings with him experience gained at the very highest level. He is the perfect fit for our team and also our current and future customers.”

Working with the food industry since 1996, Acoura operate across the food and drink supply chain offering a wide range of services aimed at improving food safety, quality and traceability while also improving and protecting their customer’s brands.

The move comes at a time of sustained growth for the company which counts Arla, Quality Meat Scotland, Red Tractor, OF&G and Scottish Quality Crops among customers.

David Gregory says: “I am really delighted to join this highly successful and rapidly growing international business, whose customer focus and ability to provide tailored solutions for food safety and compliance from fisheries and farming through manufacturing, retail and food service is unique in the market place.”

Mr Gregory has been appointed in a non-executive capacity and starts working with Acoura with immediate effect.

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Directorate Changes at Britvic

UK-based soft drinks group Britvic has appointed Euan Sutherland and Sue Clark as independent Non-Executive Directors of the Company with effect from 29th February 2016. Euan will also serve on Britvic’s Audit Committee, and Sue on the Remuneration Committee.   Bob Ivell will step down from the Board at the same date.

Euan is currently Group Chief Executive Officer of SuperGroup plc. Euan was previously Group Chief Executive Officer for the Co-op group of companies. Earlier in his career he was Group Chief Operating Officer at Kingfisher Plc, Chief Executive Officer of B&Q and Chief Executive of AS Watson UK, owner of Superdrug. Euan has over 22 years’ experience within the retail and FMCG sectors having held roles with Boots, Dixons, Coca-Cola and Mars.

Sue Clark.

Sue Clark.

Sue is currently Managing Director of SABMiller Europe and is an executive committee member of the global brewer SABMiller plc. She joined SABMiller in 2003 as Corporate Affairs Director and was part of the executive team that built the business into a top 5 FTSE company. Before this, she held a number of senior roles in UK companies, including that of Director of Corporate Affairs for Railtrack Group and Scottish Power plc.

Gerald Corbett, Chairman of Britvic, comments:”We are delighted to welcome Euan and Sue to the Board.  Euan brings strong retail sector knowledge and general management and marketing experience. Sue has headed up corporate affairs at a number of large British companies and her latter experience running SABMiller Europe places her in a unique position to contribute to the development of Britvic. They are both strong additions to the Britvic Board as we look to continue to develop our business in the UK and internationally.”

Gerald Corbett adds: “I would also like to pay tribute to Bob Ivell. Bob has been our Senior Independent Director since we floated over 10 years ago and has chaired our Remuneration Committee for the last 8 years. We will miss his wise counsel and wish him well in the future.”

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New Chairman at Irish Brewers Association

Seamus O’Hara, managing director of the Carlow Brewing Company, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Irish Brewers Association (IBA), the representative group for brewers and distributers of beer in Ireland.  O’Hara set up the Carlow Brewing Company in 1996 and is one of the craft brewing industry’s most recognisable pioneers.

The beer sector in Ireland is burgeoning with exports worth over €265 million; 63 production microbreweries in operation; and established players expanding and investing; ensuring that there has never been more choice for consumers in Ireland and export markets when choosing high quality Irish beer. According to the IBA, beer production remains the most important sector within the drinks industry in terms of indigenous manufacturing and providing jobs. Direct employment by the commercial beer industry was up 8% between 2013 and 2014, with 2,100 people employed. The Irish brewing sector produces 728 million litres of beer in 2014.  43% of all beer produced in 2014 was exported and in 2015 beer accounted for 21% of all beverage exports, worth €265 million.

Seamus O’Hara, managing director of the Carlow Brewing Company.

Seamus O’Hara, managing director of the Carlow Brewing Company.

O’Hara who developed the widely popular O’Hara’s beer range which is available in bars, restaurants and retail outlets throughout the world says of his appointment: “It is a great honour to be entrusted with the role of chairperson of the Irish Brewers Association, particularly as the Carlow Brewing Company celebrates its 20 year anniversary this year.  The IBA has represented the interest of brewers across Ireland since 1908.  Since then the industry has changed drastically and in 2016 we continue to experience exciting developments, with new breweries opening across the country and established players expanding and investing.

“The number of microbreweries operating in Ireland has more than trebled since 2012 to 63 and consumers have never had more choice. This appointment is another acknowledgement of the importance of the craft sector to the wider brewing industry.  I hope that I can use my experience in developing a small but successful brewery within a fledgling industry to guide the Irish Brewers Association over the next two years.”

Half of everything the brewery produces is exported to more than 25 countries, including the US, France, Italy, Russia, Norway and Croatia.

The IBA represents Ireland’s major brewers and distributers of beer.  The membership includes; Diageo Ireland, Heineken Ireland, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Barry & Fitzwilliam and the Carlow Brewing Company.

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Change of Chairman at Coca-Cola HBC

Coca-Cola HBC has announced that George A David has decided to step down from the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors with effect from 27 January 2016. Mr David, who has served as Chairman of Coca-Cola HBC since 1981, will remain on the Board until the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in June 2016, at which point he will be retiring from the company.

Following a thorough succession planning process by the company’s Nomination Committee involving external advisers and a broad consultation with the Company’s shareholders, the Board has decided to appoint Coca-Cola HBC’s current Vice Chairman, Anastassis G David, as Chairman of the Board until the company’s next AGM. Anastassis G. David will be proposed for election by the shareholders at the company’s AGM in June 2016.

Anastassis G. David joined the Board of Coca-Cola HBC as a non-executive director in 2006 and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2014. Anastassis brings to his role more than 20 years of experience as an investor and non-executive director in the beverage industry. He is active in the international community and serves as a board member of a number of non-profit organisations. He is also on the boards of Aegean Airlines and AXA Insurance.

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Partner Logistics Makes Double Appointment

Integrated logistics provider Partner Logistics has appointed Jolin Dophemont as Supply Chain Developer and Mark Knibbeler as Supply Chain Specialist to strengthen its team based at the head office in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands.

Jolin has worked in the logistics industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in managing frozen storage and distribution as well as a good knowledge of rail, road and air-freight transportation. At Partner Logistics his responsibilities include overseeing integrated warehousing and transport projects and establishing and managing relationships with distribution partners.

Jolin says: “I’m delighted to join Partner Logistics, a unique company which has seen fantastic growth over the last few years and leads the way in the frozen foods logistics industry. I look forward to using my skills and experience to offer our customers the best supply chain solution.”

Mark Knibbeler joins the Partner Logistics supply chain team, specialising in transport. He brings 14 years’ experience from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps where, amongst other roles, he worked as a Transport Planner. At Partner Logistics he will be responsible for supporting the transportation process by acting as the connecting link in between customers, carriers and the frozen food storage facilities.

Mark says: “Cooperation and collaboration is extremely important and my focus will be on maintaining positive relationships with clients and ensuring we always offer a first class service. I look forward to the new challenges that this role will present.”

Duco Buijze, CEO at Partner Logistics, says: “We’re very pleased to welcome Jolin and Mark to the team at Partner Logistics. Between them they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from the logistics industry and will play a key role in our future growth plans.”

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Mark Knibbeler, Supply Chain Specialist, and Jolin Dophemont, Supply Chain Developer at Partner Logistics.

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Mitsubishi Electric Europe appoints Director for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods sector

Malte Schlüter has been appointed as Director for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) of the Factory Automation – European Business Group at Mitsubishi Electric Europe. His role is to be multifaceted and includes taking care of global customers in this fast moving, highly competitive and demanding sector and supporting the regional sales team within their key account business.

His role will also incorporate analysing emerging trends and markets within the industry such as software and networking convergence and the growing integration of robotics to extend automated production lines, then developing strategies to address them. This work, combined with past experience will lead to supporting customers with the most efficient automation solutions based on Mitsubishi Electric systems. The aim is to increase productivity, volumes and flexibility, while supporting the customer to reach and keep their market leading position.

Malte Schlüter.

Malte Schlüter.

Most of Mr. Schlüter’s career has been in the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods automation sector working with well-known automation and motion control companies in technical, business development and management roles. During his time as a research and development engineer he worked on automation projects for a prepress, print and packaging machine supplier, where he gained extensive and valuable technical knowledge.

Speaking about his appointment, Mr. Schlüter said “In my opinion Mitsubishi Electric is at the forefront of technical developments in automation, particularly in the integration of various technologies into seamless and efficient systems. Its reputation in the food & beverage and consumer packaged goods sector is excellent for both technical achievement, reliability and ease of use, and that fills me with confidence going into my new role with the company.”

Welcoming him to the position, Hartmut Pütz, President of Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation – European Business Group, commented “Companies in these industry sectors vary hugely between operating very traditional processes to being highly automated, so there is scope for us to make positive changes and help drive development for all types of business. This means Mr. Schlüter has a great opportunity and we will be supporting him all the way.”

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Carlsberg Group Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Carlsberg Group has appointed Heine Dalsgaard as new Chief Financial Officer. Heine Dalsgaard, who is a Danish citizen born in 1971, joins from ISS A/S, where he has served as Group CFO since 2013.

ISS is one of the world’s largest facility services companies with more than 500,000 employees and approximately DKr74 billion revenue. Prior to that, he was Group CFO at Grundfos, a leading global pump manufacturer, with operations in 55 countries, 19,000 employees and approximately DKr24 billion revenue.

Heine Dalsgaard.

Heine Dalsgaard.

Heine will join the Carlsberg Group when his successor at ISS is in place or no later than 1 August 2016.

Cees ‘t Hart, CEO of Carlsberg Group, says: “I’m very pleased to welcome Heine at the Carlsberg Group. Heine comes with a strong financial background, international experience from several large organisations and experience from a CFO position in a global listed company. I’m sure that he will become a strong and valuable member of the leadership team of the Carlsberg Group and be instrumental in executing our new Carlsberg Group strategy, SAIL’22.”

Heine Dalsgaard says: “I am proud and feel privileged to join an iconic company like Carlsberg, with a strong heritage and significant international market presence. I look forward to contributing to the execution of the Group’s new strategy together with the rest of the Carlsberg organisation.”

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William Grant & Sons Chief Steps Down

Global premium spirits business and independent family distillers, William Grant & Sons has confirmed that chief executive, Stella David (pictured right), has decided to step down at the end of February 2016 and will be succeeded by current chief commercial officer, Simon Hunt.

Stella David joined William Grant & Sons in August 2009 and has overseen impressive growth of the company’s award-winning portfolio of brands. She has decided it is now the time in her career to focus on building upon her existing portfolio of non-executive directorships.

Since joining the global spirits business and independent family distillers, Stella David has overseen the acquisition of Tullamore DEW Irish whiskey and Drambuie, the iconic Scotch whisky liqueur brand, and delivered exceptional results for the business, with great growth of brands such as Hendrick’s gin and The Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky.

Simon Hunt.

Simon Hunt.

Glenn Gordon, chairman of William Grant & Sons, comments: “We are all very grateful for Stella’s enormous contribution to the business in recent years. In particular, she has brought an exceptional level of energy and drive to our business, while significantly enhancing the premiumness of our brands and their appeal to consumers. This has evidenced itself both in the company’s results and the overall progress of the business in terms of the depth of talent we are privileged to have and the amount of passion that is felt all over the company.

Stella David says: “I am immensely proud of my time at William Grant & Sons and there is no doubt that there is a huge amount I am going to miss about the company. It has been an incredible journey, with a focus on building brands, planning for the long term, working with a talented array of people and very supportive family shareholders. I wish the company every success for the future.”

Simon Hunt has been with William Grant & Sons since October 2007, initially as managing director, North America and in April 2013 he was promoted to chief commercial officer. Mr Hunt will take over the role of chief executive on March 1st 2016 andStella David will continue in an advisory capacity until the end of May.

Stella David already holds non-executive positions on the board of C&J Clark and HomeServe and spent seven years as a non-executive director of Nationwide Building Society.

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Greene King Chief Joins Morrisons’ Board

The board of Wm Morrison Supermarkets has appointed Rooney Anand (pictured), the current chief executive of UK brewer and pub operator Greene King, as non-executive director and as senior independent director, with effect from 1 January 2016. Rooney Anand is a highly experienced retail and fmcg executive. Following a career with United Biscuits and then Sara Lee, he joined Greene King in 2001 as managing director of its Brewery Company. He was appointed chief executive in 2005. Rooney Anand is credited with changing Greene King from a regional brewery and pub business, to a brand-led pub, restaurant and hotel operator. He has recently completed Greene King’s £770 million takeover of the Spirit Pub Group, which will make Greene King the largest managed pub group in the UK.

Andrew Higginson, chairman of Morrisons, says: “Rooney had the vision at the start of the credit crunch to reinvent Greene King as a branded food based pub retailer. He is a widely admired and successful Plc CEO. His experience in retail, in fmcg and in turning around the fortunes of a major retail business, will all be put to good use at Morrisons. With the recent appointments of Irwin Lee, Belinda Richards, Paula Vennells and Neil Davidson, I am also pleased to say that Rooney’s appointment completes the process of renewing and rebuilding the board of Morrisons.”

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PM Group Appoints a New Non-Executive Director

Fred Barry has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Project Management Holdings (PM Group), the Irish headquartered international project delivery specialists.

Fred has over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in the public and private sectors. He is the former Chief Executive of the National Roads Authority (NRA) in Ireland and a former Group Managing Director for the UK and Ireland with the international engineering firm, Jacobs.  Fred is also a former Chairman of the Conference of European Road Directors, and Director of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA).

Fred Barry.

Fred Barry.

During his career, Fred has worked on major infrastructural and industrial projects in Africa, the Middle East, Canada and the USA. He has also published extensively on the topic.

Announcing the appointment, PM Group Chairman Dan Flinter said: “I am very pleased to welcome Fred to the PM Group board. Fred is another high calibre addition to our board bringing deep sectorial and international experience, which I am confident will be invaluable in supporting the Groups’ future development especially in international markets.”

Fred is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and of the Irish Academy of Engineering. He is also a Member of the Institute of Arbitrators, has qualified as a Barrister and is an IPMA ‘A’ Project Director.

PM Group operates across Europe, the USA and Asia with a 42 year track record in project management, process design, facility design and construction management for leading multinational companies.

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Mondelez International Strengthens its Board

Global snacking giant Mondelēz International has appointed Christiana Shi to its board of directors. Christiana Shi is President, Direct-to-Consumer for NIKE, with oversight for Nike Stores, Nike Factory Stores and Global Digital Commerce, which includes leading all of Nike’s e-commerce business around the world. With this addition, the Mondelēz International board will have 13 directors, 12 of whom are independent. She will join the board on January 4, 2016.

Christiana Shi.

Christiana Shi.

“Christiana’s intimate knowledge of digital commerce along with superior supply chain and cost management expertise for global consumer companies will be invaluable as we continue to reinvent our supply chain, drive down costs and accelerate our growth in key areas like e-commerce,” says Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International. “I’m confident she’ll be a strong addition to our world-class board of directors.”

Christiana Shi joined Nike in October 2010 and served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Direct-to-Consumer, from 2010 to 2012 and as Vice President and General Manager, Global Digital Commerce, from 2012 to 2013, before assuming her current role as President, Direct-to-Consumer.

Prior to joining Nike, Christiana Shi spent 24 years at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, in various roles of increasing responsibility.  Previous to joining McKinsey & Company, she served in various trading, institutional sales and investment banking roles at Merrill Lynch & Company from 1981 to 1984.

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Food Industry Veteran Joins First Milk

British dairy co-operative First Milk has appointed Carl Ravenhall to the board as a non-executive director. Carl Ravenhall was latterly managing director of Muller Wiseman Dairies.

Carl Ravenhall.

Carl Ravenhall.

Prior to that in a dairy career that spans more than 25 years, he held a number of senior executive roles including managing director of Milk Link’s cheese business, and managing director of Adams Foods.

Mike Gallacher, chief executive of First Milk, comments: “Carl brings extensive dairy sector experience, particularly around our core businesses of cheese and liquid brokerage. He will be a great addition to the Board and his strong diary experience complements the new FM team. I am delighted Carl is joining us and look forward to working with him.”

Carl Ravenhall adds: “Having spent some time with Mike Gallacher and members of the board and understood the business strategy, it is an exciting time to be joining First Milk. I look forward to using my experience to help transform and further develop the business.”

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New managing director for Pentair Südmo

Gunter Sauerwald

Gunter Sauerwald

Gunter Sauerwald has been appointed as Commercial Director of Pentair Südmo GmbH as of July 1, 2015.

He has many years of management experience in the fields of engineering, operations and sales. This includes working for Allen‐Bradley, Rockwell Automation and AVL List, and most recently serving as Managing Director for Becker Mining Europe GmbH. Sauerwald holds a masters’ degree in electrical engineering, plus a master’s in business administration.

 

Gunter Sauerwald and Olaf Müller

Gunter Sauerwald and Olaf Müller

“With Gunter we have an experienced manager who will continue the current successful development of Pentair Südmo in the coming years and support sustainable the growth of the Pentair group,” commented Olaf Müller, Vice President Pentair Hygienic Process Solutions.

“My impressions of the company and the Südmo team are more than positive,” Sauerwald said. “Pentair Südmo has an excellent reputation and our focus in Riesbürg is on achieving the highest
standards. Our goal is to continually move the location forward and grow the Südmo brand. I look forward to the opportunities at Pentair and working with the team.”

For more information on Pentair Südmo, please visit our website www.suedmo.com.

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New Chief Financial Officer Appointed at Diageo

Diageo has announced that Kathryn Mikells (pictured) is to be appointed Chief Financial Officer based in London, effective 9 November 2015. Mikells joins from Xerox Corporation, where she is currently CFO, a position she has held since May 2013.

Kathryn has extensive experience, having worked in a number of senior finance roles for global consumer facing and b2b businesses, including United Airlines where she spent the majority of her career and was CFO from 2008-2010. She has a track record for capital discipline, for developing strong cost cultures and for creating efficient, agile organisations.

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo, says: “Diageo is focused on driving performance from our core and on improving productivity to drive out cost to invest in growth. Kathryn has the experience of working with teams to drive disciplined performance management which will contribute to the achievement of our performance ambition. We are starting to see the benefits of the changes we have put in place and I am confident we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growth sector.”

Kathryn Mikells, says: “I am excited to join the Diageo team. This is a unique opportunity to work for a company with leading consumer brands, unparalleled global reach and the marketing and innovation agility to drive performance locally. Diageo has a clear and compelling strategy and I am looking forward to working with Ivan and the team to deliver it.”

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New Chief For Danish Crown

Kjeld Johannesen (pictured right), group chief executive of Danish Crown, the Danish meat processing company, for the past 27 years, has decided to step down on 1 April 2016. To ensure the smoothest possible transition, Kjeld Johannesen’s successor, Jais Valeur, currently executive vice president of global dairy group Arla Foods, will take up the position of group CEO by mid-November this year.

Kjeld Johannesen announced more than a year ago that he was planning to retire in spring 2016 after 45 years in the business. He has been employed in the slaughterhouse industry since starting out as a trainee clerk at the slaughterhouse in Hurup in northern Jutland at the age of 18.

In 1988, Kjeld Johannesen took over as CEO of the slaughterhouse business Wenbo in northern Jutland, and in 1990 the establishment of Danish Crown marked the start of the consolidation of the Danish slaughterhouse industry. The mergers between Danish Crown and Vestjyske in 1998 and with Steff Houlberg in 2001 cemented Danish Crown’s role as a leading European food company.

Jais Valeur.

Jais Valeur.

For the past 15 years, Kjeld Johannesen’s particular focus has been on the international development of the group. Following strategic acquisitions in a large number of countries, Danish Crown is now a significant global player.

When he steps down at the beginning of the new year, Kjeld Johannesen will be handing over the reins of an international group which has for a number of years been the second-largest in its line of business, and which is today the world’s largest pork export business.
After thorough searches, the board of directors decided to appoint Jais Valeur as new group CEO of Danish Crown.

Except for a couple of stints with Royal Unibrew and the New Zealand Dairy Board, Jais Valeur has been with Arla Foods since 1986.

Jais Valeur joins Danish Crown in mid-November and, following a brief introductory period, he will assume full responsibility as group CEO from the beginning of 2016.

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Smurfit Kappa Announces New European Management Structure

Smurfit Kappa Group, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, has announced a new management structure for its European operations led by Roberto Villaquiran. Effective from 1 October, Roberto Villaquiran, formerly CEO Corrugated Europe, has assumed the new role of CEO Europe with overall responsibility for the existing European Paper and Corrugated divisions. Roberto will report directly to the Group CEO, Tony Smurfit.

Reporting to the European CEO are two new Chief Operations Officers (COO) in Paper Europe and Corrugated Europe. Laurent Sellier has been appointed to the new role of COO, Paper Europe; and, Saverio Mayer to the new role of COO, Corrugated Europe.

Roberto Villaquiran comments: “Our vision is to be the packaging solutions partner of choice to our customers, and we believe this integrated European structure will further enhance our capacity to deliver outstanding service and value.”

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, adds: “We expect our new European structure to contribute meaningfully to the continued growth and development of our business. Performance reflects both the quality of your team and the strength of your business model. We believe the strength of our team and our unique culture will continue to define our business and to drive superior performance.”

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