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Neil Nugent joins Firestorm to back AI food trends predictor project

Firestorm is also planning to pilot a consumer-facing shopping app before Christmas

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Leighton Paul takes over as finance boss at Faith in Nature

Paul most recently spent four-and-a-half years as head of finance at The Original Factory Shop


David Butcher returns to Carabao for second spell as MD

Butcher was Carabao UK & Ireland MD for seven months until November 2017

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Sean Toal to take over as WH Smith managing director

Former Co-op director Toal left his previous role at Wilko in January

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Geoff Bradman leaves commercial director role at Westons

Bradman was promoted from head of sales to commercial director in 2015, credited with having increased the company’s turnover by 40% and upped its market share


Andrew Walker steps down as chief executive of Eat

Chief finance officer Mike Rainer will assume the role of managing director


Dan Lowe steps down as CEO of Fourpure

The past years have seen Fourpure transform from a small player into one of the leading brands in the craft beer category

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Neil McGuigan steps down as CEO of Australian Vintage

McGuigan was CEO for nine years, having joined the business in 2004 as GM of wine supply

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BrewDog ‘CEO of beer’ departs after five months in role

BrewDog hired Shaw in February, to lead its global sales and marketing operations


Des Kingsley takes over as chief executive at Typhoo Tea

Kingsley fills the vacancy left by Somnath Saha who stepped down last August

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Pret a Manger appoints M&S’s Kate Stein as global tech director

Stein has been with M&S for 20 years – most recently as head of food technology for convenience

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Young’s hires Seachill boss Simon Smith as its new CEO

The appointment follows the acquisition of Young’s earlier this month by Karro Food Group

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Pladis names Unilever veteran Sridhar Ramamurthy as CFO

He assumse responsibility for leading financial management and other related functions

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Nick Read takes over as Post Office chief executive

Read stepped down as CEO at Nisa amid takeover talks with Co-op


Sainsbury’s buying director James Bailey to leave amid restructure

A replacement has not yet been announced but The Grocer understands this is likely to be an internal appointment

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Chapel Down names TWE’s Martin McGowan as sales director

McGowan worked at the Blossom Hill owner for almost eight years

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FSA appoints Emily Miles as new CEO

Miles joins the regulator from Defra, and replaces Jason Feeney, who retired last month

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Tony Holmes among three directors to leave Bestway in shake-up

Two other directors Edward Smeaton and Carolyn McMenemie have also left the business

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Peter McBride chosen to join Spar International executive committee

The group gathers twice a year for a two-day meeting, and at congress during the shareholders’ meeting of Spar International

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Mark Given made chief marketing officer of Sainsbury’s Argos

Argos marketing director Garry Kibble to leave the business