Masterfoods' new UK marketing director for petcare has flown half way round the world to take up her new position.

Fiona Hughes is joining the Whiskas, Cesar and Trill supplier from the petcare division of Masterfoods Australia and New Zealand.

She starts in May and replaces David Wilson, who is leaving to join a London-based consultancy after 14 years at Masterfoods.

"Fiona is passionate about the petcare category and has a great deal of relevant experience to bring to the UK business," said Mark Johnson, UK managing director for Petcare.

"She will be instrumental in further developing Masterfoods' position within the UK petcare market."

He added: "I would like to thank David for his contribution to the UK petcare business and wish him every success in his new job."