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Nestle’s Fiona Kendrick Elected FDF President For 2015
At the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)’s recent Council meeting Fiona Kendrick, CEO and Chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland, was elected FDF President for 2015 in succession to Richard Evans, President of PepsiCo West Europe & South Africa Region.
A formal handover of responsibilities will take place at the FDF President’s Reception on 15 December.
Outgoing FDF President Richard Evans said: “It has been a pleasure to lead FDF’s work, first as Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group and then as President. I have enjoyed the support of a committed membership and a high performing executive team and would like to thank all of them. Fiona Kendrick has already made a substantial contribution to FDF’s work as Chair of its Competitiveness Steering Group and I am delighted that she has been elected to the role of President for 2015. I wish her every success in the role.”
FDF President-elect Fiona Kendrick said: "The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Together we play a vital role in the UK economy as a major employer, as a partner to British agriculture, and as a supplier to British retailers. Most importantly we provide a fantastic range of great food and drink products for UK consumers.
"I am delighted to be elected as President of the Food and Drink Federation. I will look forward to working with our membership to build on the great progress we have made under Richard's Presidency, and to ensure that our industry remains competitive and continues to grow in the future."
The Co-operative Food has announced a significant senior appointment to the leadership team of the £7bn business.
Chris Whitfield joins The Co-op from Tesco. Chris will take up the new role of Retail and Logistics Director, reporting directly to Retail Chief Executive Steve Murrells as a member of his Executive team. The post was created following the departure earlier in the year of former Food Chief Operating Officer Sean Toal. Chris will oversee The Co-operative Food’s 2,800 stores as well as the logistics function.
Steve Murrells said: “We are at an exciting point with the business, as our retail strategy to concentrate on the convenience sector takes hold. Sales in these stores are outperforming the market and Chris’ wealth of retail experience will be invaluable as we look to improve our operations and logistics functions further.
“I am delighted that an individual with such a strong track record in the industry has joined the business and he will play leading roles in the implementation of our retail strategy.”
Chris Whitfield has worked in retail for 27 years, most of that time for Tesco, where he has held a number of senior roles. For the last two years he has been Store Operations Director for Tesco Lotus in Thailand, one of the group’s largest businesses outside of the UK, with 60,000 employees and over 1800 stores across 4 formats; Extra, Hypermarket, Superstores and Express.
Linx Printing Technologies has announced two new appointments, reinforcing its commitment to a customer-led product portfolio.
Steve Cheek joins as Director of Product Planning, while Matt Eastham becomes Product Manager for Laser.
Both will be based at Linx’s headquarters in St Ives, Cambs, but with a strong remit to visit customers and distributor partners.
Steve has a vast amount of experience within the Danaher group, joining Linx following 11 years as General Manager of the Fluke China R&D and Planning teams. Additionally, he has held the role of General Manager for the Danaher Development Centre in Shanghai since 2006.
He says: “This is an exciting opportunity to build on Linx’s trusted portfolio of products. Future product directions will reflect both the Voice of Customer and, crucially, the innovative ideas already here at Linx.
Matt brings a wealth of experience in product management, business development and sales with a proven track record of growth in new product categories.
He comments: “Linx SL coders are reliable in even the most demanding factory environments, and service intervals are typically twice those of the industry standard.
“They don’t need expensive factory air for cooling, unlike some other laser coders, which helps to further reduce your coding costs.”
Steve has moved to Cambridgeshire with his wife and two daughters. Matt lives in Northamptonshire and lists his interests as golf, running and other outdoor pursuits.