Kerry Foods appoints new chief executive

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Nick Robinson has been appointed chief executive of Kerry Foods
Nick Robinson has been appointed chief executive of Kerry Foods

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Chilled food manufacturer Kerry Foods has promoted Nick Robinson to the role of chief executive from his current position as managing director of consumer brands.

Robinson will transfer into the role over the next two months. The move follows current chief executive Duncan Everett’s decision to take up a new role outside the business in the coming months.

Overall chief executive of Kerry Group Edmond Scanlon congratulated Robinson on his new role within the company.

“He is stepping into this role at a very interesting time as the food industry responds in innovative ways to the changing consumer behaviours resulting from COVID-19,”​ said Scanlon. “I look forward to working with Nick and his team to further grow our business across the UK and Ireland.”

Role in the company

Robinson joined Kerry in 2017 as chief marketing officer before assuming the role of managing director of brands in January 2019. Prior to his role with the group, he held sales and marketing roles with Diageo, Coca-Cola and served as North Europe marketing director for AB InBev.

Commenting on Everett’s departure, Scanlon added: “I would also like to thank Duncan for his support and commitment and recognise the significant contribution he has made to Consumer Foods and the wider Kerry business over the past 25 years.”

Across the UK and Ireland

Kerry Foods employs 5,000 people across its sites in the UK and Ireland. It owns sausage brand Richmond, meat-free range Naked Glory and hot dog brand Rollover.

The manufacturer was one of many producers supplying ingredients to ready meals firm Moy Park​ as part of its plan to donate thousands of meals to people at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

In other appointment news, ex-Morrisons marketing director Mike Hoban is the new chief executive of royally appointed Scottish butcher Donald Russell – a winner at William Reed’s Butcher’s Shop of The Year Awards 2019.

Meanwhile, egg processor Noble Foods has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of commercial director Jerome Saulet.

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