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Jette Andersen Appointed MD Of Premier Foods International Business Unit
Premier Foods appointment of Jette Andersen as Managing Director of the 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 Premier'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.
Commenting on Jette's appointment, Gavin Darby, CEO of Premier Foods, said: "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."
Jette's appointment follows the departure of Peter Ellis to take up a senior position elsewhere in the industry.
Parkside Investment Plans Buoyed By Appointment Of New UK Operations Director
Speciality packaging manufacturer, Parkside, has appointed a new UK operations director as the company continues to make significant investments in its sites in the U.K and Asia.
Alex Henderson is an experienced general manager and has worked in the print industry for more than 30 years, having previously been employed by Trinity Mirror Printing, News International Newspapers and Smurfit Newspress.
He said: “I am looking forward to helping the business achieve its commercial objectives. Parkside has a tremendous growth strategy in place and is launching some fantastic new products to customers. I am excited about the prospect of using my skills and experience to help deliver business improvements and further our adoption and development of industry best practice.”
Alex’s new role will see him manage the transfer of a printing press from the company’s UK site in Normanton, West Yorkshire, to Parkside’s Malaysian operations and the installation of a new press at the UK site in a few months’ time.
The UK manufacturing site is also undergoing a programme of renovation and refurbishment which Alex is responsible for overseeing.
Nick Smith, managing director of Parkside, said: “Alex is experienced in leading teams, developing strategies and implementing positive change to drive improvements in all key result areas. He joins Parkside at a pivotal time, when our UK and Asia sites are receiving significant investment to ensure that we continue to deliver innovation and high quality solutions to our customers around the world.
“The experience that Alex brings with him to Parkside means that I have every confidence in him being able to oversee our UK plans efficiently and successfully and he will be a great addition to the leadership team here.”
Waitrose has announced that Ben Stimson will become Retail Director on 27 March, moving into the role vacated by Rob Collins who becomes Managing Director on 4 April following the departure of Mark Price to become Minister of State for Trade & Investment.
Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, and has held a number of senior roles in both John Lewis and Waitrose. He is currently a member of the John Lewis Management Board and, immediately prior to that, he had been Director of Retail Operations at Waitrose for two years from 2013.
Rob Collins said: “Ben is a talented individual who has already made a great contribution to the Partnership. He'll be a terrific Retail Director and an effective member of the Waitrose Management Board.” After graduating, Ben worked as a management consultant and from 2001 – 2009 he held a number of senior marketing and communications positions at Sky. Ben has been on the Board of the Nationwide Building Society's charitable Foundation since 2008 and became Chair in 2012. He lives in Teddington, Middlesex with his wife and two young children.