Kankiwala will take over the role on May 19,, 2016 following Wilks’s departure.
Wilks has had a career spanning over 30 years at companies including Mars, Dairy Crest and Hovis. In May 2015, he took over the helm at Hovis after quitting Dairy Crest, after seven years with the business.
After retirement, Wilks planned to spend more time with his family as well as increasing his involvement with the governing body of the All England Netball Association, where he is a non-executive director.
Separation from Premier Foods
Kankiwala joined Hovis in May 2014, just after the company’s separation from Premier Foods. The company said he had been instrumental in the creation of Hovis Ltd as a standalone business.
It also said that the “continuity of leadership” from Kankiwala would enable a smooth transition for the Hovis executive team and the wider business. Kankiwala’s experience of Hovis and his broad consumer goods background would set Hovis up for the “next stage of its journey” as one of the UK’s favourite brands, it said.
Kankiwala has worked as president of Burger King Corporation; president of Europe and Africa at PepsiCo as well as being chairman of both Jeyes and Plum Baby. He also spent 15 years in a range of senior management roles at Unilever.
Kankiwala said: “Hovis would like to thank Martyn for his time and commitment to the business, and for the contribution he has made during his time here. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Nish Kankiwala’s CV
- Hovis, ceo
- Burger King Corporation, president
- PepsiCo, president Europe and Africa
- Jeyes, chairman
- Plum Baby, chairman
- Unilever, senior management roles