Former General Mills managing director Jim Moseley is to take over as acting director general of the Food and Drink Federation in the New Year, following the recent resignation of Melanie Leech.

Moseley, FDF president from 2011-13, is seen as a “good front man” according to insiders, with the organisation suffering a turbulent period with a recent run of departures of senior figures. President Richard Evans is also due to stand down at the start of 2015.

Moseley stepped down from General Mills after more than 15 years with the ambient and frozen specialist last month .

“Jim is very good as front of house and he won’t have the constraints placed on him by General Mills anymore,” said one source. 

Leech is leaving the FDF to head up the British Property Federation.

Evans said: “I am delighted to welcome Jim back to the FDF. This is an important time for the sector and Jim has a wealth of industry experience and knowledge of the FDF that equips him well to see the Federation through until we have a permanent director general in place.”

Moseley added: ”I’m delighted to be asked to lead the FDF through the transition to a new director general. FDF has enjoyed huge success under Melanie’s leadership and I look forward to continuing that progress with her talented team.”  

Last week it was revealed Nestle chairman and CEO Fiona Kendrick had been elected as the next president to take over from Evans, who is to step down after a single year in the role.