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Roythornes Appoints Peter Seary As A New Corporate Partner
Leading food sector law firm Roythornes has announced the appointment of Peter Seary as a corporate partner with its corporate and commercial department.
Peter Seary will head up the mergers and acquisitions side of Roythornes’ already strong food team, which advises clients on everything from regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, workforce issues, commercial contracts to setting up producer groups and cooperatives.
Speaking about the appointment Peter Bennett, head of the food team said: “Peter is a fantastic addition to the Roythornes team – his experience, knowledge and expertise, particularly in the food sector, is incomparable.”
“As the food and drink sector becomes increasingly competitive and subject to consolidation, the corporate guidance on offer from someone like Peter will be seen as invaluable by our current and prospective clients.”
“I look forward to working with Peter and have no doubt he will continue to be a significant asset for the business.”
Peter joins Roythornes from Hill Hofstetter and before that Shoosmiths, where he was for a period of several years head of its Midlands Corporate and Commercial team.
Seary has been recognised as a leader in his field for many years by Chambers & Partners’ Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 for Corporate and M&A work where he is “well regarded for his expertise in the food sector”.
He has particular experience of advising on transactions in the food and manufacturing sectors and co-ordinating large UK due diligence projects for overseas clients and their advisers.
Pidy Welcomes New Team Member And Foodservice Sales Expert
Pidy a world leading family owned pastry manufacturer are very proud to welcome their new sales person Fabien Levet.
Fabien joins the Pidy team to expand the UK presence in the group restaurant, hotel, contract caterer, travel and bakery sector.
Fabien has over fifteen years of food industry experience and joins Pidy from Brioche Pasquier; he has worked as a food and beverage manager for a well known hotel chain and was formerly a French trained chef.
Robert Whittle General Manager at Pidy UK explains “We have successfully created a great reputation in the foodservice industry. Over the next three years our aim is to extend that understanding to the group restaurant, hotel, contract caterer, travel and bakery sector which Fabien has an in-depth understanding of. Paul Eason, our business development chef has successfully built up the foodservice sector in the past 3 years and Fabien’s experience will complement Paul’s activities. The hospitality sector is an important and growing sector for the Pidy brand and I believe that our unique products combined with Fabien’s and Paul’s contacts will provide a great boost to our sales in these sectors.”
Fabien will be working in conjunction with Paul Eason to develop the Pidy brand position in the hospitality sector. His skills will help strengthen Pidy’s position in the foodservice market and support Paul within those sectors.
Fabien Levet explains “I am looking forward to working with Pidy UK, I believe the brand, and products have a fantastic reputation the products in particular are very distinctive. I am looking forward to working alongside Paul using my industry knowledge and contacts to further enable Pidy’s presence in the foodservice sector.”
After a 33 year career at John Lewis Partnership, Mark Price has set out his intention to step down as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman and to leave the Partnership on 3 April 2016.
Mark has worked with Sir Charlie Mayfield, the Partnership's Chairman, to agree the timing of his leaving in the best interests of the Partnership.
Rob Collins, Waitrose's Retail Director, has been appointed to succeed Mark when he steps down. Rob has been with the Partnership for 22 years, initially with John Lewis in a number of senior roles before moving to Waitrose in 2007 to establish its e-commerce business. In 2010 Rob was appointed Personnel Director and in early 2012 was appointed Retail Director.
Sir Charlie Mayfield said: "Mark is pursuing new opportunities, but he will remain a passionate advocate of the Partnership and its ownership model. He has had a long and distinguished career with the Partnership and his leadership of Waitrose has seen outstanding success. As a member of the Partnership Board for 11 years and Deputy Chairman since 2013, Mark has played a key role in steering the Partnership and has been a valued and trusted colleague.
"Rob Collins has been a central figure in Waitrose's management team for a number of years and his strong leadership skills and operational success have ensured that he has been a central part of the Board's thinking on succession planning for some time. I'm confident that he will make the step-up to the Managing Director role quickly and effectively."