Mars UK president Fiona Dawson will succeed Charles Wilson as president of the IGD.

Wilson (pictured), the chief executive of wholesaler Booker, moved into the role this week after completing his stint as vice president. He succeeds Sainsbury’s boss Justin King and will chair the body’s Policy Issues Council (PIC) in the high-profile role.

Dawson has been confirmed as vice president and will succeed Wilson in two years’ time.

“The PIC is one of the most powerful and positive forces for change in our industry thanks to the support of companies of all sizes along the supply chain,” said Wilson.

“I will help IGD continue to improve the grocery supply chain to benefit the UK’s 60 million consumers via the 600,000 businesses and the 3.6 million people employed in the British grocery trade.”

Dawson said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Charles and contributing to an exciting programme of activities at IGD spanning sustainability, skills and nutrition.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: “[Wilson] has been a long-term supporter of key IGD initiatives and in particular our work to reduce HGV miles on the British roads. He will be an inspirational president.

“Fiona has had a long association with IGD, not least as a former trustee. She is passionate about the food and grocery industry.”

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