Lumsden brought more than 20 years of experience in the food and drink industry to the position, including time spent in senior roles at drinks giants Diageo (strategy, finance and business development) and SABMiller (group strategy director).
Commenting on the appointment, non-executive chairman Mike Holt said: “On behalf of the Company, I am delighted to welcome Gail to the board.
Developing strategy for the business
“Her extensive experience in developing strategies will undoubtedly prove to be very useful and will add significant value to the company. I look forward to working with her as we continue to improve the group’s performance.”
Lumsden’s move the join the company comes just over a month since RGF announced chief executive Hugh Cawley was to leave his position at the end of September.
His departure followed a de-emphasis on the importance of the chief executive role in the business, which has had a major restructure since a series of disposals by the manufacturer – RGF now consists of just two autonomous business units, Brighter Foods and Renshaw.
Meanwhile, in August, RGF secured an £8.87m credit facility to help repay part of its debt.