Tate and Lyle's chief executive Iain Ferguson has been elected as president of the Food and Drink Federation.

Ferguson said: "I am proud to have been chosen by the members of the FDF to represent their interests and to continue the good work of my predecessor, Gavin Neath, as president. I look forward to working with the FDF team and other stake holders in the food chain as we address the challenges and opportunities which face our industry."

Prior to his role at Tate and Lyle, Ferguson worked for Unilever. He joined the company in 1977 as a trainee and held a number of roles in operations, sales and industrial marketing.

In 1988 he became chairman of Plant Breeding International, and in 1992 his role expanded to include the chairmanship of the Unilever Plantation Group. He moved to be chairman of Birds Eye Walls in 1995 and then senior vice president corporate development for Unilever in 2001.As the former president of the IGD, he is active in a number of groups.