Hazlewood Foods has promoted Simon Wookey (pictured right) to MD of its newly created Hazlewood Chilled Meals division.
The section has been formed as a standalone category after a £19.5m investment into its chilled meals sites at Warrington and Wisbech.
Wookey was previously MD of Hazlewood's Warrington site.
His appointment follows Mike Hodgson's move to Hazlewood Foods' Kiveton plant as MD. That site is also becoming a separate category business, called Hazlewood Prepared Foods.
Hodgson will be responsible for the increased integration of the Quiche Bakery and prepared foods facilities and the development of Hazlewood's chilled distribution fleet.
Hodgson was previously md of St Ivel's commercial division. Before that he was md of TelferFoods and prior to that, St Ivel's sales director.
He said: "Convenience foods and fresh foods are a key focus for Hazlewood. I'm joining a company that is determined to grow in the most buoyant food category. My job is to help it do that."