Premier Foods has announced that Alex Whitehouse, the company’s UK managing director, has been promoted to CEO and a member of the board, effective today.
This new appointment coincides with electing Colin Day to non-executive chairman.
The British food manufacturer – which owns brands such as Mr Kipling, Batchelors and Homepride – has undergone several changes to its board in the last year since the resignation of Gavin Darby as CEO in January.
In another development, Alastair Murray who has been CFO for six years has served as acting CEO for the past seven months, has agreed to leave the business and step down from the board, effective immediately.
As effect, Duncan Leggett, group director of financial control and corporate development, will become acting chief financial officer pending a permanent appointment.
Senior independent director of Premium Foods, Richard Hodgson said: “I am delighted that Colin Day is joining the company as chairman, a role to which he will bring extensive experience at a pivotal time in the company’s history. We are also very pleased that Alex Whitehouse, who has led the successful turnaround of our UK business, has accepted the role of Group CEO.
Newly appointed CEO, Whitehouse said: “I’m delighted to become Premier Foods’ CEO and look forward to working with Colin and the board to drive further value from our great portfolio of brands. I’m very encouraged by the improved performance of the business over the last couple of years and see this as something we can build on further.”
By Emma Upshall
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