She takes up the position from January 1, 2006, replacing Gordon Summerfield who has held the role for five years.
Lady Sylvia became director general of the FDF in January 2001 and stepped down from the role in August this year.
Prior to this, she was a civil servant for more than 20 years, during which time she dealt with UK financial aid to less developed countries. Her career in the civil service also included secondments to the French
Treasury and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
In August, she was appointed vice chairwoman of L’Oréal UK. She is also a non-exec director for Saint Gobain, a governor of the British Nutrition Foundation and chairs the Pilgrim Trust.
Lady Jay said: “Britain produces some of the highest quality food in the world. I have a keen interest in publicising this at home and particularly abroad. I am looking forward to my new post and to building on the excellent work carried out by Gordon Summerfield.”
Summerfield added: “Sylvia Jay is an excellent appointment to the chair of Food from Britain. Her knowledge of the industry will undoubtedly assist exporters in breaking through the £10bn barrier for the first time in nearly a decade.”
Members of Asda’s board of directors, including Wal-Mart president Lee Scott, have left. An Asda spokesman said there was “nothing sinister” about their departure saying it was due to the fact they had not been to a meeting since 1999.
Boots has appointed Andrew Brent as its new marketing director. Brent replaces Ian Hunter who is taking up a senior role in the retail international operation.
Sarah Nunn has been appointed marketing manager for Red Mill Snack Foods. She will aim to raise the company’s profile, increase sales and broaden its customer base.
Peter Saunders has been appointed foodservice controller for Landmark. He will work closely with the group’s trading department to continue the development of the Foodservice business.
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