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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed Ian Wright to lead the organisation which represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK.
Wright, who was Corporate Relations Director with major drinks company Diageo, will join the Federation before Easter.
He succeeds Melanie Leech who left the organisation just before Christmas to join the British Property Federation. Jim Moseley, a former President of the Federation who has been acting as Director General since Leech’s departure, will continue in the role until after Wright is installed.
President of the FDF, Dame Fiona Kendrick welcomed the appointment, saying: “Ian has huge experience in the food and drinks industry and is ideally qualified to champion the sector during a period of extraordinary change.
“Ian’s role will be to ensure that Government and stakeholders understand the importance of food and drink manufacturing, and support our industry to meet the changing needs of UK consumers in the future.
“Jim Moseley has injected real passion and commitment into the role. We are grateful that he has agreed to stay with FDF until the end of the month to ensure a seamless transition.”
Ian Wright has spent more than two decades in senior management positions with two of the UK's most important businesses Diageo and Boots The Chemists. For 14 years he was corporate relations director of Diageo. He was a member of the executive committee and responsible for representing the company to governments, NGOs and the media around the world.
He has also worked for other food businesses including Pillsbury, Burger King and Mars Confectionery. His career also includes spells in consultancy and politics. He is also a non-executive director of Mass1, a member of the advisory board of The Work Crowd and a trustee of both The WAVE Trust and Children on the Edge. Ian Wright, 56, is married with two children and lives in Rutland and London.
Commenting on his appointment, Ian said: “The food and drink industry is a national asset of which everyone in the UK should be justly proud. It is responsible for 400,000 jobs and with a £80 billion contribution to the economy the industry is critical to the UK. It's a privilege to be asked to lead its representative body and to be its advocate in the important challenges to come.”
FDF, based in Catherine Street, London, alongside its Scottish arm in Melville Street, Edinburgh, employs 65 people. It has about 300 members including some of the largest food manufacturers in the world.
Morrisons Appoints Former Tesco asia Chief As New CEO
Morrisons have appointed David Potts as the company's new Chief Executive Officer.
The appointment follows a thorough selection process, both in the UK and overseas. David will join the Company on 16 March 2015.
David, who is 57, has more than 40 years' experience in grocery retailing. He began his career with Tesco in 1973 and rose to become Retail Director in the UK and CEO of its Irish businesses. He subsequently became CEO of its Asian business. Since leaving Tesco in 2011 he has acted as a retail expert to several international advisory and private equity businesses.
Andrew Higginson, Chairman of Morrisons, said: "I am delighted to welcome David as our new CEO. David is the best retailer I have worked with in 25 years in the industry. Having worked alongside him for 15 years, I know he will bring to Morrisons a focus on the customer, a track record of delivery, flair, talent, and immense energy to his new role. He will lead our colleagues in the business from the front, and with distinction."
"David's skills are complementary to those of our excellent CFO, Trevor Strain, and I believe we have the makings of a good team. I would like to thank Trevor for his support over the last few weeks."
David Potts said: "Customers and Morrisons are a great combination to serve. This is a great British business with real potential and it is an honour to have been selected."
KM Packaging Strengthens Commercial Team To Meet Demand
Continuing worldwide demand for its innovative commercial solutions has led food packaging specialist KM Packaging Services to strengthen its senior team with the appointment of a new business director.
Mark Vernon joins KM having worked for over 20 years in the flexible packaging industry with bpi.plc and Coveris, as commercial director and business director respectively. Mark has worked closely with major packaging specialists, supplying printed, laminated and plain materials for fresh, frozen and prepared foods. He has many years’ experience in developing customer specific packaging solutions and in ensuring consistency in the product and service supplied – experience he will apply in his role at KM.
Mark commented: “Having been a supplier to KM for many years, I am delighted to have joined the company. I have always been impressed by KM’s innovative approach, its commitment to customer service and its overall professionalism. This is an exciting time to join KM as new products are continually being developed to meet the demanding needs of the food sector. I look forward to working with the company’s existing customers and to developing new products and new markets.”
KM Packaging Commercial Director, Graham Holding, added: “Mark’s experience and knowledge of the packaging sector will make him a big asset to our senior team. We are seeing significant worldwide demand for our newest innovative solutions and Mark is ideally placed to apply his expertise to KM’s core customers and prospects, developing new opportunities along the way.”
KM Packaging is constantly investing in new technologies and flexible packaging solutions. The company’s flexibility and commitment to rapid turnaround mean that it can meet demand for both high volume orders and also fast delivery on short-run seasonal products.