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12 October 2009

Group Finance Director

Premier Foods plc announces the appointment of Jim Smart as Group Finance Director with effect from 19 October 2009.

Premier Foods plc announces the appointment of Jim Smart as Group Finance Director with effect from 19 October 2009.

Jim Smart was until August 2008 Chief Financial Officer of Friends Provident plc and also a non-executive director of F&C Asset Management plc. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of Boots Group plc having joined the company in 2003 as Group Financial Controller.

Jim trained as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand before joining Abbey National plc in 1988.  At Abbey National he had a number of finance and operational roles including Group Financial Controller, Finance Director of First National Bank and Group HR Director.  Jim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and holds an MBA.

Commenting on the appointment, David Kappler, Chairman of Premier Foods said:
“I am delighted that Jim has accepted our invitation to join the Board. Jim is a well known and respected FD and brings with him a wealth of experience gained at a number of FTSE 100 companies.”

Jim was born in Perth and was educated at Edinburgh University.  He trained as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand before joining Abbey National in 1988.  At Abbey National plc he had a number of finance and operational roles including Group Financial Controller, Finance Director of First National Bank and Group HR Director.  In 2003 he joined Boots Group PLC as Group Financial Controller before being appointed Chief Financial Officer.  In 2006 he joined Friends Provident plc a Chief Financial Officer a post he held until he left the group in 2008.  Jim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and holds an MBA.



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