Following a “root and branch” review of teams, carried out by chief executive Ronald Kers, a raft of management changes are to take place.
Lee Greenbury joins 2 Sisters from Müller as group people and compliance director which is a new role for the business.
Current UK poultry managing director Keith Packer is to step into the role of meal solutions managing director on a permanent basis, replacing Simon Wookey who is leaving next month. Packer’s current role will be assumed by Andre McInnes, also from Müller.
Another Müller veteran Seb Jones will join 2 Sisters as transformation director while Marvilano Mochtar joins from the Boston Consulting Group in the newly-created role of strategy manager.
Ronald acknowledged the pace of change after being in post since June, and also that three of the new hires came from his previous business, Müller, where he was global CEO.
Kers said: “Transforming 2 Sisters requires top team effort. By bringing in the right people in the right roles, we are building the foundations of a disciplined, high performance organisation”.
“If we are to truly become the leading international food business, trusted and respected by all stakeholders, then we need to have the strongest possible leadership team. We continuously need to set the bar higher and deliver for our customers, consumers and ourselves, and I know this new team will do that.
“I want us to turnaround our business performance as soon as possible, and although we are making some progress already, I want to accelerate the pace. I know that having a strong, senior leadership team in place that I know and who have a track record of delivery is essential. I have worked very closely with Andrew, Lee and Seb over the years and I am confident they can hit the ground running and add great value to 2 Sisters.
“This is an unprecedented period of change at 2 Sisters. But it is a period that has to happen. Sometimes periods of rapid change can be unsettling. But we do need the best possible team to bring a laser-like focus on becoming more disciplined in our execution to achieve our goals of improved profitable growth and a strong balance sheet.”
Kers praised the current team at 2 Sisters, particularly during the period of change.
“I would like to thank William Duncanson for holding the reigns in the interim and credit Keith Packer for helping to start the turnaround of the UK Poultry division during his short time in post. I know with his experience at 2 Sisters he is extremely well-placed to build on Simon’s good work. Andrew is an accomplished food industry leader and I know he will bring further professionalism and delivery to our poultry operations, while Marvilano and Seb will bring much-needed strategic insight and process excellence to all of our businesses.”
In August, Kers outlined the ‘framework for success’ programme which outlined the company’s restructure and focus moving forward.