Gladman will be part of the Findus executive team, reporting to Mark Escolme, MD for UK frozen. She is currently North America brand development director for Ragu, Bertolli pasta sauce and Knorr for Unilever in New York, where she has been responsible for a portfolio turnover of $1.2bn for the last three years.
Gladman started her career in retail with John Lewis before moving into the international food sector, working across a number of markets with both Unilever and Mars. She has driven strategy and campaigns for high-profile household food brands including Oxo, Colman's and Ambrosia, as well as confectionery brands such as Galaxy and Twix.
"Building on the strategic foundation of 'Fresh Food, Frozen', I am looking forward to developing a brand strategy that will help revitalise Findus and further develop Young's, building complementary and aligned propositions as modern and innovative brands," she said.
Last week Neil Sanderson was appointed MD of Findus' Czech Republic and Slovakia businesses.