He joins the board following an executive search process and his appointment takes place with immediate effect.
Leggett joined Premier Foods in 2011, becoming a member of the executive leadership team on his appointment as acting CFO in August 2019.
Prior to this, he was director of financial control and corporate development, having previously held a number of senior roles within finance, including group financial controller.
Variety of industries
Before joining Premier, he spent nine years at KPMG, working with clients across a variety of industries.
"Duncan’s extensive technical knowledge and experience of our business makes him an invaluable member of our executive leadership team, so I am delighted to appoint him permanently as CFO and welcome him onto the board,” said Alex Whitehouse, chief executive officer.
“With this added business continuity, I look forward to continuing our work together as we increase our pace of delivery and ever sharpen our consumer, customer and operational focus.”
Over the past year, the company has undergone several changes to its board, including the promotion of Whitehouse to CEO in August.