Currently the firm’s senior independent director, Wilkinson will replace chairman John von Spreckelsen, after his retirement next year.
Von Spreckelsen said: “Paul has both significant knowledge and understanding of Thorntons, gained not least through his six years as non-executive director and considerable FMCG [fast moving consumer goods] and board experience. I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as we continue to progress our strategy."
The role of senior independent director will be taken by non-executive director, Keith Edelman.
Martin George will be appointed as independent non-executive director with effect from November 1.
Wilkinson is chairman of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards’ (FMEA’s) judging panel.
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