Ward was previously deputy chief executive of the British seafood processor owned by the Findus Group.
During this time, he was “instrumental” in the development of the firm’s responsible sourcing programme ‘Fish for life’, the firm claimed. He also had a key role in delivering the growth of the company’s chilled business from a turnover of £4M to more than £400M, according to the company.
Ward has spent his entire life working in the fish and seafood industry and was md of the Seafood Company before it became part of Young’s Seafood in 2008.
Ward said quality, supply chain integrity and responsible sourcing would be at the heart of the firm’s business strategy.
He will take over from Findus Group ceo James Hill, who held the role for the past nine months. He took over from Leendert den Hollander, who left to join Coca-Cola Enterprises as vice president and general manager of its Great Britain business.
Hill said he would now turn his attention to other parts of the group.
“[Ward’s] knowledge and experience of the seafood industry is second to none and his drive, ingenuity, innovation and commitment to manufacturing excellence has been crucial to the development of the company,” he said.
“Having worked closely with Ward over the past year, I’m delighted that he will now lead Young’s Seafood through the next phase of the company’s journey.”