Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures
Our monthly round up of executive appointments, promotions, resignations and reshuffles. Please forward future announcements to eamonn.duff@mediaone.co.uk

FLTA appoints new Chief Executive

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has named Tim Waples as its new Chief Executive.
Waples’ appointment comes at a time when the recruiting and development of engineers within the sector has reached near-crisis point. “He’s the perfect fit for our organisation and brings with him a wealth of experience and a truly in-depth knowledge of this industry,” said FLTA Chairman Duncan Nealon. Waples was previously instrumental in the creation of F-TEC, the forklift industry’s dedicated engineering training centre, created in conjunction with FLTA itself.

Bolton ‘proud’ of promotion

Deborah Bolton is the new CEO at Addo Food Group. Announcing the appointment, the chilled food manufacturer said it’s long-serving executive had “played a central role in driving significant improvements and increasing turnover.”
She described it as a “huge privilege” to lead a business “with great heritage across its brands”. She added: “I’m proud to be leading a company that encourages progression and ambition amongst its employees and challenges industry standards with successful female-led teams.”
The savoury pastry giant sells more than 160 million products annually. They include pork pies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs across its own branded portfolio, such as Pork Farms, Walls and Bowyers, and for retail partners including Asda, M&S and Sainsbury’s. Former CEO Chris Peters will continue to be actively involved with the company, serving in a non-executive role whilst handing over daily operations.  “In any corporation, there comes a time when you need to reflect on your current structures and ways of working in order to propel the business going forward,” he said. “I am honoured to be announcing Deborah Bolton as the new CEO and wish her huge success in her role.”

New ‘beer’ boss

Scottish craft brewing company Brewdog has appointed Andy Shaw to the newly created role of CEO Beer to “supercharge” global sales.
Shaw brings vast experience having served in various senior roles at Red Bull, most recently as MD of Red Bull UK. Brewdog co-founder James Watt said: “Andy’s impressive track record for championing a strategic, global vision is what makes him such an exciting addition to the Brewdog crew. His experience in working in a vibrant, bold, business famed for pushing the envelope is exactly what we need.”
In August, the brewery announced its half-year trading results, showing total revenue at £78m, up by 55 percent on the previous year.

Bakers Basco announces new GM

Richard Mew has taken the reigns at national bread basket supplier Bakers Basco. In his new role as General Manager, the FMCG veteran will oversee the company’s operations and recovery teams as well as strengthen relationships across the baking and associated manufacturing industries. He’ll also focus on technological innovations such as GPS tracking to further reduce equipment losses and misuse. Mew’s previous roles include Sales & Marketing Director at UK Snacks and General Manager of Tesco Broadband. He also had two six year stints in buying positions at Tesco and Waitrose. Bakers Basco was set up in 2006 by five of the UK’s leading plant bakers to manage and license a pool of four million bread baskets and associated wheeled dollies. Mew takes over from Steve Millward who after seven years in charge, will continue to serve in a consultancy role before stepping down to enjoy retirement.

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