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Our leadership

Find out more about the people behind Premier Foods and read the biographies of our Board and senior management.


 

Executive Directors

Gavin Darby

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board: February 2013

Skills and experience: Gavin has a strong consumer goods pedigree and extensive senior leadership experience. He spent fifteen years at the Coca-Cola Company in various senior positions, including Division President roles for North West Europe and Central Europe. Prior to joining Premier Foods, Gavin served as CEO of Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc, leading a successful turnaround of the business before negotiating its eventual sale to Vodafone plc. Previously he worked at Vodafone plc for nine years, during which time he served as UK CEO and CEO of Americas, Africa, India and China. Gavin is President of The Food and Drink Federation.

Alastair Murray

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board: September 2013

Skills and experience: Prior to joining Premier Foods, Alastair spent ten years at Dairy Crest Group plc as Group Finance Director, where he helped lead a significant restructuring to simplify the business, creatively addressing its pension deficit and reinforcing its position as an industry leader. Previously he was the Group Finance Director at The Body Shop International plc. Earlier in his career Alastair was a Divisional Finance Director at Dalgety plc and spent 13 years in various finance and operations roles at Unilever plc. He graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Engineering and also holds an MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Senior Management

Alex Whitehouse

Managing Director, UK

Skills and experience: Alex joined the Company in July 2014 and was appointed Managing Director of the Grocery Strategic Business Unit in September 2014. Alex has more than 20 years senior international, marketing, sales, strategy, innovation and general management experience gained across multiple geographies. He spent the last 18 years with Reckitt Benckiser plc where he held senior marketing and general management roles including Managing Director, New Zealand and most recently Worldwide Head of Shopper & Customer Marketing. Earlier in his career, he held a number of retail management positions with Whitbread plc.

Key responsibilities: Alex is responsible for leading the Grocery business which encompasses our Flavourings & Seasonings, Cooking Sauces & Accompaniments, Easy Eating, Desserts and Homebaking categories.

Andrew McDonald

Corporate Development
& Legal Director

Skills and experience: Andrew joined the Company in November 2011 as General Counsel & Company Secretary. Prior to this he held the same position at Uniq plc, before its acquisition by the Greencore Group. Andrew is a qualified solicitor and worked as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving into industry. He is a law graduate of Manchester University.

Key responsibilities: Andrew has responsibility for the legal and risk compliance functions and for corporate development and strategic projects. He also sits on the plc Board as Company Secretary.

David Wilkinson

Human Resources & Communications Director

Skills and experience: David was appointed Human Resources Director in July 2014. He joined Premier Foods in 2007 as Head of Group HR, with responsibility for the corporate and group functions, as well as Resourcing and HR Administration. In December 2011 David was appointed Director of HR Support, and in January 2013 he became HR Director of the Hovis Bread and Milling division, with responsibility for 5,000 employees across 22 sites. Prior to joining the Company, David was Head of Human Resources for Renault UK and Nissan Motor GB, and has held a number of senior HR roles at Nestle UK, Granada, and J Sainsbury PLC.

Key responsibilities: David's responsibilities cover all aspects of HR, with specific emphasis on developing talent and capability, resourcing and reward, as well as overall leadership of the Human Resources function.

Mark Hughes

Procurement & Central
Operations Director

Skills and experience: Mark joined the Company in 2007 as Group Procurement Director following the acquisition of RHM. Mark joined RHM in 2003 as Divisional Services Director (Bread Bakeries) and became Group Procurement and Logistics Director and a member of the Group Executive of RHM in 2006. Mark was previously director at Archer Daniels Midland Milling (UK) and has held a number of senior positions with Associated British Foods plc.

Key responsibilities: Mark's key responsibilities are the control and risk management of c. £550m of spend on ingredients, packaging, energy, machinery, facilities, engineering, marketing and all corporate spend. Responsibilities include ensuring the Company remains competitive and well placed within a changing market through the provision of innovative procurement processes, policies, stakeholder engagement and external supplier relationship management. Mark’s operational responsibilities also include Food Quality, Health & Safety and Environment.

Jette Andersen

Managing Director, International

Skills and experience: Jette joined the Company in February 2016 as Managing Director, International. Prior to joining the Company Jette spent 11 years at Orangina Schweppes International (OSI) where she held a number of senior international roles based in Copenhagen, Zurich and Amsterdam. Most recently she was General Manager North Europe, French Territories, Caribbean and North America leading the development of OSI’s business in 40 markets. Earlier in her career Jette held various sales and marketing positions with the Coca-Cola bottling company in her native Denmark.

Key responsibilities: Jette is responsible for building the Company’s International business around the globe.

Non-executive Directors

David Beever

Chairman

Appointed to the Board: January 2008 and appointed Chairman in June 2012.

Skills and experience: After qualifying as a Chartered Engineer, David has spent most of his career in the financial sector. He was a Vice-Chairman of S. G. Warburg where he handled many corporate finance transactions for major UK and international companies. He was later a board member of KPMG and Chairman of Corporate Finance and has been Chairman of several major companies.

Committee membership: David is a member of the Remuneration Committee, Chairman of the Nomination Committee and attends the Audit Committee by invitation.

Ian Krieger

Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board: November 2012.

Skills and experience: Ian is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Safestore Holdings plc and also non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Capital & Regional plc. He is also Vice Chairman of Anthony Nolan and a trustee and Chair of Finance at the Nuffield Trust. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and was a senior partner and Vice Chairman of Deloitte until his retirement in 2012.

Committee membership: Ian is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Jennifer Laing

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board: October 2012.

Skills and experience: Jennifer has over 30 years experience in brand building and communications including 16 years with Saatchi & Saatchi, twice as Chairman of the London office, and culminating in her role as Chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi North America. In the early 1990s she led her own advertising agency, Laing Henry, which was subsequently sold to Saatchi & Saatchi. Jennifer is Chairman of the IHG Foundation UK Trust.

Committee memberships: Jennifer is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Pam Powell

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board: May 2013.

Skills and experience: Pam has more than 20 years marketing experience developing some of the world’s leading consumer brands. Most recently, she was the Group Strategy and Innovation Director for SAB Miller, one of the world’s leading brewers. Pam spent nine years at SAB Miller in senior management roles during which time she helped transform the marketing performance of the company, including the development and implementation of the first Group-wide commercial strategy. Prior to that Pam held numerous marketing roles in the home and personal care sector during a 13 year career at Unilever plc, culminating in her role as global Vice President of the Skin Care category. Pam is also a non-executive director at A.G. BARR p.l.c.

Committee memberships: Pam is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Richard Hodgson

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: January 2015

Skills and experience: Richard has over 20 years of experience in the food industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer at Pizza Express, a role he held for four years until May 2017. In 2010 he was appointed Commercial Director at Morrisons, a newly created role, combining Trading and Marketing. Richard joined Waitrose in 2006 as Commercial Director where he was responsible for the launch of the ‘Essential Waitrose’ concept. Prior to that Richard spent 10 years at Asda holding a number of senior roles culminating in his appointment as Marketing & Own Brand Director where he was one of the key architects of Asda’s successful Every Day Low Prices strategy. Earlier in his career, Richard worked in brand management and new product development at Spillers Foods.

Committee membership: Richard is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Tsunao Kijima

Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board: July 2016.

Skills and experience: Tsunao is Managing Executive Officer of Nissin, in charge of the USA and has had responsibility for Nissin’s corporate functions including strategy and M&A, business process optimisation, corporate infrastructure and innovation. Prior to joining Nissin in 2012, Tsunao spent most of his career at Mitsubishi Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President.

Daniel Wosner

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: March 2017

Skills and experience: Daniel is Managing Director & Head of Europe at Oasis Management Company Ltd., having joined Oasis in 2016, where is also a member of the firm’s Strategies Group and Corporate Governance Group. As Head of Europe, Daniel oversees the firm’s UK and Continental European investments. Prior to joining Oasis, Daniel served as Head of the Asia Pacific Equity Syndicate team at Barclays in Hong Kong, where he led the marketing, distribution, pricing and allocation of ECM transactions across the Asia-Pacific region (including Japan). Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Daniel worked with Barclays’ and Lehman Brothers based in London. Daniel, a UK national, received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Leeds University.

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