Williams will join the group from Arla, where he currently serves as global head of finance, members, milk and trading at its head office in Viby, Denmark.
Ho boasts more than 25 years of experience within the dairy industry and has held senior roles at Arla. Prior to this, he spent seven years as corporate finance and strategy director for Milk Link and played an important role in developing the dairy co-operative into a farmer-owned processing business.
Omsco chairman Neil Kennedy said: “He has proven leadership skills which are complemented by his having a deep knowledge of the dairy industry and a significant track record of working with leading farmer-owned dairy businesses.
“I believe the combination of both his dairy industry and co-operative experience makes David ideally positioned to lead the business as we enter the next phase in our growth and development.”
As chief executive, Williams will oversee the development of Omsco’s value-added strategy based on investing in processing, products and brands, ultimately leading to delivering a sustainable, industry leading organic milk price for its members.
Moving up in the sector
Commenting on his appointment, Williams said: “Omsco has clearly made good progress in moving from simply being a broker of organic milk to establishing a strategic presence in value-added processing and more premium markets, both in the UK and overseas.
“The challenge now is to build upon these strong foundations and create evermore valuable and sustainable outlets for our members’ organic milk.”
Meanwhile, potato processor Branston has appointed Richard Fell to the newly created role of managing director of its prepared team to support a £12m investment into expanding its capabilities, joining the business from canned foods specialist Princes.