People on the move: Food and drink senior appointments

By Gwen Ridler

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A number of senior appointments have been made by food and drink firms this past week
A number of senior appointments have been made by food and drink firms this past week

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Pembrokeshire Creamery, Oterra and the International Livestock Research Institute all announced senior appointments in the past week.

New MD at Pembrokeshire Creamery

Former McQueen’s Dairies operations director Mark McQuade has been appointed managing director for Pembrokeshire Creamery.

He joins the business as it completes the construction of a new liquid milk processing facility in Haverfordwest, Wales, which will have the capacity to bottle more than one million litres of milk a week.

McQuade boasts an impressive career within the dairy industry, having spent more than 25 years across a number of senior roles in the sector. Prior to his time with McQueen’s, he served as group commercial and business unit director at Medina Dairy and was commercial director for Graham’s Family Dairy.

Commenting on his appointment, McQuade said: “I am very excited to be joining the team in Pembrokeshire. We aim to be the only BRC Certified facility to offer Welsh milk that is also bottled in Wales, and as such, the new facility has huge potential.

“I know from having worked with Pembrokeshire dairy farmers in previous roles that this is a fantastic milk field in which to build an authentically Welsh milk supply for Welsh supermarket stores.”

Senior appointment at Oterra

Colours supplier Oterra has appointed Mads Dehlsen Winther as its new chief financial officer (CFO), affective from April 2023.

He joins the group from HusCompagniet, where he has held the position of group CFO for the past four years.

Previously, Winther worked at Maersk for nine years, holding various positions within finance, strategy, mergers & acquisitions and investments. During that time, he led the divestures in the energy division together with the vice chief executive of Maersk.

He will be responsible for leading the company’s global Finance, IT, Legal, and Transformation teams.

Oterra chief executive Odd Erik Hansen said: “I am very pleased to welcome Mads on board as our new CFO. He comes with a strong track record and extensive financial experience from leading global companies. Mads will play an instrumental role in supporting and shaping our future growth.”

New International Livestock Research Institute director general

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has named professor Appolinaire Djikeng as its new director general and CGIAR senior director of livestock-based systems.

Djikeng boasts more than 20 years’ experience leading global research and development programmes on agricultural development, livestock development and human health.

He joins the group from the University of Edinburgh, where he was professor and chair of tropical agriculture and sustainable development.

Commenting on his appointment, Djikeng said: “‘I am deeply committed to the mission of ILRI and CGIAR. Livestock development is very close to me personally and it is a huge honour and privilege to take the helm of the world’s leading livestock research and development organisation, focused on improving outcomes for farmers, addressing challenges related to our environment and the sustainable use of natural resources and delivering solutions to our increasingly vulnerable food systems.”

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