Carnaghan, who will also serve as regional business line manager, will lead the business’s food and water testing operations and will be responsible for implementing business strategy to further grow Eurofins.
He has replaced outgoing managing director Phil Coles, who left the business after four and a half years in the role. Carnaghan will report to Ulrich Kuehle, business line director for Eurofins Food & Feed Testing Northern Europe.
On joining the business
Commenting on his appointment, Carnaghan said: “I’m delighted to be joining the business. Our success is built around our customers and our people.
“In this we will continue to strive for the best quality and service in the markets that we serve, while developing our people and leaders in order to drive our ambitious growth plans as we move further into 2021.”
A veteran with more than 14-years’ experience in food and drink industry, Carnaghan has served as a factory manager at Greencore and an operations manager for Mars’ pet food operations. Prior to this, he served as an officer in the British Army.
Investment and expansion
Eurofins Food and Water Testing UK and Ireland is made up of a network of laboratories offering food, feed and water testing. It employs more than 500 people and has recently invested £1.5m on a two-storey extension to its laboratory and head office in Wolverhampton and £7m overall in new laboratories and laboratory extensions.
The past month has seen a number of senior appointments in the food and drink manufacturing industry.
At the beginning of March, former Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby was appointed chairman of fresh fruit and fruit-based desserts supplier Orchard House Foods.
Darby – currently chairman of food distribution charity The Felix Project – headed Premier Foods for six years until 2019 and helped lead a turnaround for the business.
Meanwhile, Border Biscuits has appointed a new operations director and technical manager as part of a major talent acquisition drive, including new hires for its sales and finance teams.