Bruno Deschamps has been named Driscoll’s successor. He is a London-based principal of Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the private equity owner of Brakes, and has been a non-executive director of Brakes since December 2002.
He takes immediate charge of the UK’s biggest foodservice wholesaler, which came third in The Grocer’s Big 30 survey, with a turnover of over £1.5bn. Brakes said Deschamps had extensive contacts in foodservice and considerable experience from his time as president and chief operating officer of Ecolab, a global foodservice equipment supplier.
“Under Bill’s leadership, Brakes has strengthened its position,” said Deschamps. “He led Brakes through the acquisition of both the contract distribution business of Peter’s Foodservice and Wild Harvest, the speciality food business, as well as broadening Brakes appeal to customers.”