James Lambert stood down as chief executive of R&R Ice Cream this month, following the completion of PAI Partners’ acquisition of the Yorkshire-based firm.
Lambert will remain as chairman of R&R. Current ceo Europe, Ibrahim Najafi was promoted to group ceo.
Najafi, who has held his current role since 2009 and joined the board in 2000, is also chief operating officer at R&R.
“Ibrahim is one of the best managers in the food industry today and his skill, dedication and hard work have played a major part in R&R’s success to date,” Lambert said. “I could not be happier that I have such an able successor to continue to grow and lead such a fantastic and successful company.”
Meanwhile Lambert is in the running to be crowned Personality of the Year at this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEA).
The award celebrates the person that has done the most over the past year to raise the profile of the food and drink industry.
The other candidates are Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen; Coca-Cola Enterprises md Simon Baldry and Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier; chairman and chief executive of Nestlé UK and Ireland Fiona Kendrick and chairman of the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group for Food Manufacturing John Stevenson MP.
You can have your say about who should win by visiting the FoodManAwards web site and voting.