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30 June 2010

Appointment of New Chairman

Ronnie Bell to join Premier Foods on 1st October.

Premier Foods plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronnie Bell, the former President of Kraft Foods Europe, as non-executive Chairman of the Company with effect from 1 October 2010.

Ronnie spent a 30 year career with Kraft, the world's second largest food company. During this time he held a number of senior management appointments culminating in his appointment as President of Kraft Foods Europe, a position he held for five years. In this role he was responsible for all the Group’s coffee, chocolate and grocery brands in the region. Full details of Ronnie’s other non-executive directorships are given below.

In addition, Charles Miller Smith has been appointed non-executive Deputy Chairman also with effect from 1 October 2010.

As announced in February, David Kappler will step down as Chairman and as a non-executive director following Ronnie’s appointment.

Robert Schofield, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Foods, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Ronnie as Chairman of Premier Foods.  Ronnie has had a long and successful career in the food industry and brings with him a wealth of experience.  I look forward to working with him as we focus on delivering organic growth and reducing debt.”

“On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank David for his significant contribution to the Group since flotation.”


Ronnie Bell, aged 60, is currently non-executive Chairman of Milk Link, a leading UK integrated dairy business, a non-executive director of Ansell Ltd, an international healthcare group which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and The Edrington Group, a major private group in the Scotch whisky industry.  Ronnie has been a non-executive director of Northern Foods plc since 2005 but has stepped down from this role in order to take up his appointment as Chairman of Premier Foods.  He was also a non-executive director of Gallaher Group plc between 2004 and 2007.

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