He joined the company from Mondelēz, where he has served as senior vice-president of finance in Europe since 2014.
Prior to this role, Nawaz spent 16 years at Mondelēz and Kraft Foods, where he held a number of senior financial roles across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
‘Experience of the global food industry’
Commenting on Nawaz’s appointment, chief executive Nick Hampton said: “I am delighted to welcome Imran to Tate & Lyle and the executive team. He brings with him deep experience of the global food industry, and a proven track record of financial leadership.
“I very much look forward to working with him as we continue to drive the company’s growth agenda.”
Nawaz succeeds Nick Hampton who was appointed chief executive of Tate & Lyle in January this year, with effect from 1 April. He will also join the board of the company.
‘Great value to Tate & Lyle’
Tate & Lyle chairman Gerry Murphy added: “Imran’s broad financial, business and international experience will be of great value to Tate & Lyle, and he is a very welcome addition to our board.”
Nawaz’s appointment is the latest in a number of food and drink industry hires in the past month.
Irish dairy producer Ornua announced the appointment of John Jordan as new chief executive, succeeding Kevin Lane.
Meanwhile, Wessanen UK, owner of Clipper Teas, Kallø, Mrs Crimble’s and Whole Earth, is looking to improve its sustainability credentials with the appointment of new technical and corporate social responsibility director Cristina Ramsay.