Unilever Foodsolutions

Unilever Foodsolutions, the foodservice business of Unilever UK Foods, has promoted Laurence Smith to category marketing director with responsibility for Knorr sauces, bouillons, soups, frozen and snacking products. It has also appointed Susan Gregory as category marketing director for tea, dressings, spreads and desserts ranges; Charmian Day as senior product manager for spreads and desserts; and Marisa Stella as senior product manager for frozen and snacking products.

Board professor

Assured Food Standards has appointed Professor Mark Tatchell as chairman of the Assured Produce Board. Tatchell, who joins Assured Produce from the University of Warwick, where he was a research director, replaces Chris Payne who was chairman for five years.

Beer secretary

SABMiller has appointed John Davidson as company secretary. Davidson, who was previously a senior corporate partner at international law firm Lovells, took up his role on 1 August. He replaces Andrew Tonkinson who has retired.

Finnish fluids

Brewer Scottish & Newcastle has appointed Yrjö Närhinen as MD for Hartwall, S&N's beer, soft drinks and water business in Finland. Närhinen joins the brewer from Procter & Gamble, where he has worked for 14 years, most recently as country manager for Finland. He replaces Mika Seitovirta, who is leaving the company in order to pursue his career elsewhere.

Non-exec role

Laura Wade-Gery, chief executive of Tesco.com, has been appointed a non-executive director of Trinity Mirror. She has worked at Tesco since 1997 and has also held the position of group strategy director.