Iain Ferguson, chief executive of Tate & Lyle, has been elected president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). He takes over from Gavin Neath, chairman of Unilever UK on January 1 2007
"I am proud to have been chosen by the members of the FDF to represent their interests and to continue the good work of my predecessor as president, Gavin Neath. I look forward to working with the FDF team and other stakeholders in the food chain as we address the challenges and opportunities which face our industry.”
Ferguson joined Tate & Lyle as chief executive in May 2003. He is active in a number of key industry groups, such as the British Nutrition Foundation, and is past president of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).
Prior to Tate & Lyle, Ferguson worked for Unilever. He joined the company in 1977 as a trainee following graduation from St Andrews University. His early career included roles in operations, sales and industrial marketing.