Boparan will replace departing managing director Andrew McInnes and will assume the role heading up the business alongside Ronald Kers, Boparan Holdings’ president and group chief executive.
The division’s commercial director, Dan Howell, is also departing.
The move is thought to have been driven by Boparan’s growing frustration over the performance of the poultry business, which supplies the UK’s biggest supermarket chains.
“The business has posted very encouraging financial results and this is set to continue as we realise our turnaround plan,” a spokesperson said.
“However, in order to accelerate this plan, our senior leaders have decided to take a more hands-on approach.
“Ranjit and Ronald have one clear goal in mind, which is to continue to deliver improved results for the business.
“Already, our changes have seen improved performance and we look forward to delivering our transformation plan for all stakeholders.”
Reports surfaced at the end of last week that the company was preparing to launch a formal auction of Fox’s Biscuits, one of the best-known biscuit brands in the sector, in the first quarter of 2020. According to reports by Sky News, the auction would be overseen by bankers Rothschild. However, a spokesman for 2 Sisters Food Group refused to confirm or deny the claims, telling Food Manufacture: "We just don't comment on market rumour and speculation."
In September, private equity firm Towerbrook reportedly set its sights on acquiring the brand as part of a mega merger to create a new European biscuit business. The firm previously received an offer for the business in 2017.
As previously reported by Food Manufacture in June, the firm was starting to see the fruits from parent company Boparan Holdings’ turnaround plan, as it reported its first like-for-like quarterly pre-tax profit for two-and-a-half years.
Speculation surrounding the sale of Fox’s follows a string of divestments by the firm as it seeks to streamline its core operations and continue to improve performance.
The latest of these saw Valeo Food Group acquire Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker in a deal worth £67m in October.