Tulip has finally appointed a new CEO after the departure of Steve Murrells who left to head up The Co-operative Group’s food business almost eight months ago.

Chris Thomas joins the Danish-owned meat processor on 15 May, having previously held the position of CEO at food-to-go business Adelie Foods since 2009.

Tulip had undertaken a rigorous search to find the right individual to lead Tulip in the UK, said current Tulip stand-in CEO and chairman, Flemming Enevoldsen. “I know that Chris’s experience, customer relationships and value set make him a fantastic fit for our business.”

Prior to joining Adelie, Thomas held senior management positions at Mars, PepsiCo, St Ivel and was also MD of Bakkavor. He is also a chartered engineer and holds an MBA from Brunel University.

“I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to join a business of Tulip’s expertise and scale,” said Thomas.

Owned by Danish Crown Group, Tulip operates 18 manufacturing sites across the UK.