Thomas joins from Adelie Foods, where he has been ceo since 2009.
Before joining Adelie, he held senior management positions at food firms including Mars, PepsiCo, St Ivel and, most recently, as md of Bakkavör.
Thomas said: “I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to join a business of Tulip's expertise and scale and look forward to working with the team to build on the phenomenal growth it has enjoyed over recent years.”
Tulip’s current ceo, Flemming Enevoldsen, will relocate to Denmark at the beginning of July, where he will continue working with the Danish Crown Group as chairman of Tulip and ceo of DC Foods.
“We have undertaken a rigorous search in order to find the right individual to lead the Tulip business here in the UK and I know that Chris’s experience, customer relationships and value set make him a fantastic fit for our business,” said Enevoldsen. “I will, of course, ensure an effective induction and handover before I return to Denmark.”