David Dilger, chief executive officer of Greencore Group, is set to leave the convenience food manufacturer next year.

Dilger, who has been CEO of Greencore for 12 years, will leave the role on 31 March. He will be replaced by Patrick Coveney, who is currently Greencore's chief financial officer.

“This is an ideal time for me to step down as Greencore has never been in better shape,” said Dilger.

“It's a privilege to be able to hand over the leadership of the group to Patrick and a brilliant, dynamic and hungry management team with all the passion and skills required to drive Greencore forward over the years to come.”