Premier Foods

The Best in British Food

Leadership

Our leadership team consists of the Board of Directors and Senior Management.

Executive Directors

Gavin Darby Chief Executive Officer Toggle
Gavin Darby - Chief Executive Officer

Gavin was appointed Chief Executive Officer in February 2013. 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.

Alastair Murray Chief Financial Officer Toggle
Alastair Murray - Chief Financial Officer

Alastair Murray was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2013. 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.

Non-executive Directors

David Beever Chairman Toggle
David Beever - Chairman

David joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2008 and was appointed Chairman in June 2012. 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.

Charles Miller Smith Non-Executive Director Toggle
Charles Miller Smith - Non-Executive Director

Charles joined the Board as a non-executive director in June 2009. Charles was an International Adviser at Goldman Sachs International from 2001 until 2005. Charles worked with Unilever plc for over 30 years, the last five years of which he served as a Director of Finance and then Foods. Charles was Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman at ICI plc from 1994 to 2001. He has served as non-executive director of Midland Bank and HSBC Holdings PLC and served as Chairman of Scottish Power plc between 2000 and 2007. Charles is also Chairman of Firstsource UK Ltd and Edge Investment Management Limited and is a director of Firstsource Solutions Ltd.

Ian Krieger Senior Independent Director Toggle
Ian Krieger - Senior Independent Director

Ian joined the Board as a non-executive director in November 2012. Ian has a wealth of business, accounting and finance experience gained during a 40 year career, first with Arthur Andersen and, from 2002, with Deloitte. He was a senior partner of Deloitte until his retirement in 2012. Previous management responsibilities included heading the Corporate Finance Practice, the London Corporate Audit Division and the Private Equity Practice. Ian has significant boardroom experience and has worked with a wide variety of companies throughout his career, including many in the consumer goods sector. Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. Ian is a trustee at Nuffield Trust and a Trustee of Anthony Nolan where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Ian is also a non-executive director at Safestore Holdings plc and Capital & Regional plc.

Jennifer Laing Non-Executive Director Toggle
Jennifer Laing - Non-Executive Director

Jennifer joined the Board as a non-executive director in October 2012. 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 currently a non-executive director of InterContinental Hotels Group plc where she chairs the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Pam Powell Non-Executive Director Toggle
Pam Powell - Non-Executive Director

Pam joined the Board as a non-executive director in May 2013. 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.

Senior Management

Peter Ellis General Manager, International Toggle
Peter Ellis - General Manager, International

Peter joined the Company in 2012 as Director, International and Private Label and was appointed General Manager, International in September 2014. Prior to joining the company Peter spent 16 years at Campbell Soup Company where he held a number of senior international roles including Managing Director, Central, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa and General Manager, Russia as well as European. Peter is responsible for building the Company’s International business which will focus on the development of selected brands in a number of strategic markets including Australia, the USA and China.

Mark Hughes Procurement & Central Operations Director Toggle
Mark Hughes - Procurement & Central Operations Director

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. Mark's key responsibilities are the control and risk management of c. £700m 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.

Graham Hunter Managing Director, Sweet Treats Toggle
Graham Hunter - Managing Director, Sweet Treats

Graham joined the Company in September 2014 as Managing Director of the Sweet Treats Strategic Business Unit. Graham has extensive experience of the sweet treats market spanning more than 20 years. Most recently he was CEO of Tangerine Confectionery. He also spent a number of years as Managing Director of Fox’s Biscuits and Divisional Managing Director of Northern Foods prior to its acquisition by 2 Sisters Food Group. Earlier in his career Graham was Marketing Director for Jacobs Bakery and he additionally spent 10 years at Mars Confectionery. Graham’s role is to lead the development of our cake portfolio (including Mr. Kipling, Cadbury and Lyons) with responsibility for directing innovation, marketing, sales, manufacturing and logistics resources.

Richard Johnson Group Corporate Affairs Director Toggle
Richard Johnson - Group Corporate Affairs Director

Richard joined the Group in October 2011 as Group Corporate Affairs Director. Previously, Richard had spent a total of 18 years with Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International) during which time he held senior corporate affairs roles across a number of businesses and geographies, including the UK, Belgium and the US. Most recently he was Corporate Affairs Director for Kraft Foods' European business based at the company's headquarters in Switzerland. He was also Vice-President Corporate Affairs for McDonald's Europe and earlier in his career, he worked for the Food and Drink Federation. Richard's key responsibilities are leading the Group's internal and external communications, media relations, public affairs, sustainability and community relations activities.

Brian Leach Supply Chain Director Toggle
Brian Leach - Supply Chain Director

Brian was appointed Supply Chain Director in April 2014. He joined Premier Foods in 2009 as Head of Manufacturing with specific responsibility for our Canning operations. In June 2012 Brian was appointed Operations Director - Grocery, with responsibility for 8 manufacturing sites, distribution and logistics. Prior to joining Premier Brian held multi site Operations Director roles in Heinz and Coca Cola Enterprises and started his career at Kelloggs where he progressed initially through engineering and latterly into Operations Management. Brian's responsibilities cover all aspects of operational leadership to ensure we meet our safety, cost, quality and service objectives.

Andrew McDonald Corporate Development & Legal Director Toggle
Andrew McDonald - Corporate Development & Legal Director

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. Andrew has responsibility for the legal, risk compliance, corporate and strategic projects. He also sits on the plc Board as Company Secretary and is a Director of the Knighton Foods joint venture company.

Mark Vickery Group Information Systems & Change Director Toggle
Mark Vickery - Group Information Systems & Change Director

Mark joined the Group in early 2005 as Director of Information Systems & Change Management (ISC). Following the acquisition of RHM, he assumed the role of Group ISC Director. Mark started his career at Unilever plc where he spent 17 years working in a number of businesses and geographies. He then moved to United Biscuits as IS Director prior to joining Premier Foods. Mark's key responsibilities include managing the Information Services function and delivering major system and change programmes into the business.

Alex Whitehouse Managing Director, Grocery Toggle
Alex Whitehouse - Managing Director, Grocery

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

David Wilkinson Human Resources Director Toggle
David Wilkinson - Human Resources Director

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 Group, 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. 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.

Ian Deste Commercial Transition Toggle
Ian Deste - Commercial Transition

Ian joined the Company in September 2011 as Group Sales Director and was appointed as Commercial Director Grocery in November 2012. He previously spent 20 years with Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE), including nine years as a member of the GB board. Most recently, Ian held the position of Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development, prior to which he held other senior positions in sales, marketing and communications at CCE. In his early career, he worked in the beer and tobacco industries. In September 2014 the Company announced a reorganisation of its commercial structure with the creation of three new Strategic Business Units - Grocery, Sweet Treats and International. As a result Ian’s role as Commercial Director will no longer exist. Ian will remain with the business during a transition period to assist the move to the new structure.

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