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Philipp von Jagow joins leading baby and toddler snack food brand Organix as Managing Director. Philipp’s expertise will enable Organix to drive its growth and strengthen its position in the market, as the brand continues to deliver record sales performance.
Philipp has more than 12 years of experience in brand leadership. Previously he was Marketing Director and Vice President of the Jams Category at Schwartau, a family run enterprise of €300 million based in Germany that like Organix is part of the Hero Group. Prior to that he spent two years as Group Product and Marketing Manager at Semper, the market leading Infant Nutrition business, in Sweden, and previously held a number of marketing and trade marketing roles at Schwartau.
Commenting on his new position, Philipp von Jagow says, “For 25 years Organix has been campaigning for quality food for children, and I’m proud to join a company that prides itself on providing parents with quality, organic food for their little ones and is committed to no junk. Organix is a role model for the food industry, showing how it’s possible to be both profitable and sustainable.”
Philipp takes the helm from Anna Rosier. During her 13 years at Organix, Anna has helped to champion Organix’ mission for children’s food, setting standards for a better food industry. By making great food that’s tasty and organic, Organix has made it easy for parents to make good choices for their little ones, and has become the number one baby and toddler snack food brand.
Anna has also spearheaded campaigns to make change where it’s needed, making a difference for the future health of families. For example, Action on Additives which sought the removal of six artificial colours from food targeted at children, starting the Out to Lunch campaign to improve the quality of restaurant food available to children, and more recently Engineering Taste – Is this the future of our children’s food, which looks at the impact of engineered food among young children.
Philipp’s focus will continue to be on delivering the Organix mission - to give children the best start in life, by giving parents better, more nutritious choices - and making those choices ever more sustainable every year. In addition he will oversee new product development innovations for category growth to help define and develop new sectors.
Philipp will relocate to the UK with his wife and three year old daughter.
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, has confirmed that she has appointed Jason Feeney CBE as Chief Executive of the department.
Jason has been part of the FSA since joining as Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.
He joined the then DHSS as an Admin Officer in 1981. He spent his early years working in local offices in Leeds and Bradford in a range of frontline posts. In the 90’s he worked in Finance and in the Security Branch of the Benefit Agency managing their £350m change programme.
He enjoyed a two-year secondment to the NHS Executive working on GP remuneration and primary care funding. In 2002 he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service and spent two years as Head of Future Pensions. He then led the Central Design Authority before being promoted to be the Business Design Director for The Pension Service in 2005. Following the merger of The Pension Service and the Disability and Carers Service he was appointed Strategy Director for the new agency in May 2008 introducing a number of major service transformations.
In December 2010, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO for the Pension Service. Following departmental restructuring he was appointed DWP Pensions Director in October 2011. In November 2012, he was appointed DWP Benefits Director with responsibility for 22,000 staff delivering all working age benefits worth about £30bn a year to over 10m customers. He was made a CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List.
Heather Hancock said: ‘I’m delighted that Jason Feeney is taking up the role of Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency. We know Jason has a strong track record of delivering complex change across sectors, and that leadership expertise is what set him apart from a very strong field of industry and public sector applicants. I very much look forward to working with Jason to address the implications and opportunities for food regulation as the UK leaves the European Union, and to deliver on our ambition to modernise regulation, all whilst maintaining the high level of public confidence in the work of the FSA.'
Jason Feeney will take up the role full time from 11 April.
He said ‘It will be a privilege to lead the FSA over the coming few years as Chief Executive. The work that this organisation does is vital to the wellbeing and health of everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and I will be proud to lead the dedicated and professional team that deliver it.’
Bakkavor appoints Yvette Sowerby As Technical Director
Bakkavor Group, a leading international provider of fresh prepared foods, today announces the senior appointment of Yvette Sowerby as Technical Director.
Yvette has extensive technical experience with both food manufacturing and retail customers. She joins from Sainsbury’s where she enjoyed roles as Head of Technical for Chilled Foods and subsequently Head of Technical for Packaged Foods. Prior to this she worked in a number of senior technical roles including two separate appointments at Marks & Spencer’s spanning a total of 20 years.
In her new role, Yvette will be part of the UK operational team but will also use her expertise to provide technical support to Bakkavor’s US and Asia operations.
Commenting on the appointment, Mike Edwards, Chief Operating Officer UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Yvette to Bakkavor. I am confident that her expertise will prove of significant value as we continue to drive the technical standards across our business.”
Yvette Sowerby commented: “Having worked with Bakkavor in previous roles, I now look forward to joining the business as it continues to target growth both in the UK and internationally.”