IGD, which provides research for the retail and food manufacturing sector, has bolstered its senior team with a number of internal promotions designed to meet the rapid changes taking place in the food and grocery industry.
David Gordon (pictured) becomes director of UK research, responsible for IGD's retail research programme in the UK. His appointment will ensure the continuation of the strong link between IGD's strategy and research activities.
Dr James Northen has been made head of the Policy Issues Council, the forum of industry leaders hosted by IGD. And Teresa Gilbert has become head of people development in an effort to tackle skills shortages in food and grocery. She will oversee programmes to share best practice, as well as Careers Choices, which is aimed at raising the profile of the food industry as an employer of choice.
Karen Bevan has been appointed head of consumer and category management to keep IGD focused on fast-moving consumer trends and category management practices.
Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, said: "IGD continues to take a leadership position on the big issues of the day. These promotions reflect our strong and successful growth and our reputation for industry leading experts in key positions."