Tate & Lyle has named Reckitt Benckiser’s European executive vice president, Javed Ahmed, as its new chief executive.

Ahmed takes up the role on 15 November, replacing Iain Ferguson, who has headed the sugar giant for the past six years.

Ahmed has held a number of senior roles at Reckitt since joining the group in 1992, including senior vice president for northern Europe and North America president.

“I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to lead Tate & Lyle and look forward to working with the board and the management team to drive the business forward,” Ahmed said in a statement.