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C&C Group shares boosted by appointment of new CEO David Forde

Forde, currently Heineken’s UK MD, will join the FTSE 250 brewer and wholesaler “no later than early 2021”

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Michael O’Loughlin made COO at SimplyFresh in ‘transformation’

The appointment means a change of role for co-founder Kash Khera, who will become business development director

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Alex Russo to take over as B&M chief financial officer in November

Russo will become CFO and executive director of the company on 16 November following a handover from Paul McDonald

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City snapshot: C&C Group names Heineken UK boss David Forde as CEO

C&C Group has appointed Heineken UK MD David Forde as group CEO, joining in 2021.

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Joanna Allen steps in as new CEO of Graze

Allen has taken over from Anthony Fletcher, who spent nine years leading the business

Morrisons non-exec Jeremy Townsend

Rentokil CFO Jeremy Townsend joins Morrisons as non-executive director

Townsend will step into a non-exec role with immediate effect, replacing Belinda Richards, who is leaving after five years

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Kerry Foods' Duncan Everett named Noble Foods CEO

Everett starts his new job on 2 September

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Sarah Smart moves to UK in Collective Dairy management reshuffle

The Collective has shaken up its management team as part of a new growth strategy

Caroline Thompson-Hill, Regional MD for Europe, Accolade Wines

Accolade Wines names Caroline Thompson-Hill as Europe MD

Thompson-Hill previously held the title of European marketing director

Jerome Saulet

Jerome Saulet appointed Noble Foods’ commercial director

Saulet joins the Happy Egg producer from Andros UK

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Ruth Hussey to take over as deputy chair at FSA

The former chief medical officer for Wales replaces Laura Sandys as FSA deputy chair

Pippa Wicks John Lewis Executive Director

John Lewis poaches Co-op deputy CEO for executive director role

Pippa Wicks will fill the final seat on the new seven-person executive board at JLP

Rogier Gerritsen

Rogier Gerritsen to take over as DS Smith recycling MD

Gerritsen’s current position is cluster director for DS Smith’s paper division

Finnebrogue Andrew Nethercott

Finnebrogue Artisan appoints Andrew Nethercott as new MD

He replaces Brian McMonagle, who left in March 2019

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr

Amazon UK chief quits to head Natural History Museum

He will start work at the museum later this year, replacing current director Sir Michael Dixon

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Jonathan Bunting named permanent CEO at Connect Group

Bunting was appointed as interim boss in November as Jos Opdeweegh stepped down

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Ex-Mars exec Paul Stephenson appointed new John West MD

He takes over from Thai Union Europe boss Paul Reenan, who will now concentrate on his position with John West’s parent 

Gareth Cooke, Wessanen UK Commercial Director

Gareth Cooke made Wessanen UK commercial director

Cooke has over 14 years’ experience in the food and drink sector

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Divine Chocolate CEO Sophi Tranchell leaves the business

Tranchell is departing after helping to secure a new owner for Divine to ensure it was ‘left in good hands and well-supported for the future’


PLMA appoints Peggy Davies as acting president

Davies takes over leadership of the private label association following the death of long-standing president Brian Sharoff