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Bernard Matthews has appointed Alan Jamieson to the role of chairman, replacing David Joll.

Jamieson - who started work in his new role at the end of March - joined the turkey giant from Cedo, a manufacturer of household disposable products owned by private equity firm Rutland Partners, which took a majority stake in Bernard Matthews in 2013.

“Alan brings many years of experience in leading businesses in the private equity environment and will work closely with the management team as we continue to move the business forward,” said a spokesman for Bernard Matthews.

His predecessor David Joll joined Bernard Matthews in its 1970s heyday, where he worked with its eponymous founder, before departing in 2006.

He rejoined the struggling processor in 2013 as chairman and implemented a plan to tackle declining sales and soaring costs, secured a £23.5m cash injection from Rutland, and hired Rob Burnett as CEO.

Joll would “continue his long association with the business as a non-executive director member of the board”, said a spokesman.

Bernard Matthews reported a slump in revenues of 10% (or £30.1m) to £276.7m in the year to 28 June 2015, following an 11% fall in the previous 12 months.

Rob Burnett attributed the fall to the closure of a turkey processing factory in Lincolnshire in 2014, a change in focus from branded to own label, and a restructuring of its Hungarian business.