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Appointed CEO in May 2015, Descheemaeker has been entrusted by Wall Street legends Noam Gottesman and Martin Franklin to mastermind a frozen food consolidation play through the now NYSE-listed Nomad Foods.
After picking up Birds Eye owner Iglo for a cool £1.84bn in June, the £500m purchase of the European business of Findus quickly followed - a deal that Iglo had failed miserably to complete itself.
It’s early days and Descheemaeker has a big integration job ahead, with further acquisitions likely. Much of the value is expected to come from synergies but with growth too his position on this list would rise.
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Stefan Descheemaeker, CEO, Nomad (45)