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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) – the voice of UK food and drink– has appointed Tim Rycroft as Corporate Affairs Director. Tim will take up his new role in September 2015.
Tim has worked in UK and international corporate and public affairs roles for three FTSE 100 companies: Boots, Diageo and InterContinental Hotels Group. Tim has also spent two spells in consultancy with communications agency Bell Pottinger. He was a Special Adviser to UK Government in the 1990s, latterly to Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell at the Department of Health.
FDF Director General Ian Wright said: “I am thrilled that Tim is joining the team here at FDF. It has never been more important for Government to understand the substantial contribution food and drink makes to the UK economy. Tim’s breadth of experience and knowledge of public affairs and relations developed while working at leading UK brands will be invaluable to FDF, its members and the wider sector.”
Tim Rycroft said: "I am delighted to be joining FDF at a time when people have never been more passionate about food and drink. The national debate, whether focused on increasing productivity, responding to environmental challenges or supporting consumer health, is important and urgent. That is why I am so excited to be joining the voice of the industry at this time."
Søren Westh Lonning (38) is currently Managing Director with responsibility for South West Europe and Vice President Finance for the EMEA region at Chr. Hansen.
In the period 2007-2013, Søren held positions as Vice President for Business Finance and Sourcing, Finance Director for the Cultures & Enzymes and Health & Nutrition Divisions, and Director of Corporate Development at Chr. Hansen. Before joining Chr. Hansen, he was Investment Manager at Axcel Private Equity and, prior to that, an Associate at McKinsey & Co.
Søren holds an M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting (cand.merc.fir.) from Copenhagen Business School.
“I am extremely excited about assuming the position of CFO of Chr. Hansen after close to eight years with the company. Chr. Hansen is a truly fantastic company with many attractive growth opportunities and great employees, and I look forward to continuing being part of the future development of the company as a member of Chr. Hansen’s Executive Board,” says Søren Westh Lonning.
Søren will take up his new position on 1 August. From this date, the Chr. Hansen Executive Board will consist of CEO Cees de Jong, EVP Knud Vindfeldt and CFO Søren Westh Lonning.
“Søren has a strong financial background from national as well as international positions, a great knowledge of Chr. Hansen and its products, and broad leadership experience, all competencies that are well suited to the job as CFO, and I am therefore very happy that we are able to appoint a highly qualified internal successor,” says Cees de Jong, CEO.
Faerch Plast Appoints New Managing Director For Uk Business
Faerch Plast – leading European manufacturer of plastic packaging for the food industry – has announced the appointment of Simon Downward as its new Managing Director for the UK, with effect from 1 June 2015.
Simon will be responsible for further increasing focus on the organisational and operational development of the company’s rapidly growing UK business activities.
An MA graduate in Business Management, Simon brings in-depth packaging industry, sales and management experience to this key position having spent 16 years rising through the ranks at Smurfit Kappa.
Prior to joining Faerch Plast, Simon was General Manager at the company’s Weston Super Mare site. Previous to this, he was Regional Sales Director of Smurfit Kappa South West and part of Smurfit Kappa UK – a division of Smurfit Kappa Group.
During his earlier career, Simon worked for other high profile packaging organisations including LINPAC Devizes and David S Smith.
Lars Gade Hansen, Faerch Plast A/S CEO, comments: “Faerch Plast is already highly successful and well established in the UK. A strong sales team backed by excellent supply chain
management and a state-of-the-art plant in the North East means we are now ideally positioned to further expand our ambitions in this key market.
He continues: “Simon has considerable experience in growing businesses and I am very pleased he has joined our senior management team to lead this key phase of our business development strategy.”