Golder will join from Pepsico, where he has been commercialisation director for the past 10 years.
Before this he was food technologist and buyer at Marks & Spencer and commercial manager at foodservice firm Brakes.
IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch said his appointment was part of IGD’s ambition to increase its work on nutrition and sustainability.
“Golder’s appointment to this new senior role at IGD reflects the importance of our industry development programme, which helps the food and consumer goods industry deliver what matters to the public,” she added.
“He will lead the key teams at IGD to make an even bigger impact in people development through, for example, our Leading Edge network and Feeding Britain’s Future, helping young unemployed people.”
IGD is a research and training charity that helps the food and consumer goods industry deliver a secure and sustainable future of food production.