Sandwich giant Greencore has named Dalton Philips as its next CEO.
Philips will officially take up the position on 26 September. He will replace Patrick Coveney, who left Greencore at the end of March to join travel food and drink operator SSP.
The new CEO – who will also hold the title of executive director – will join the group and board from global airports and travel retailer DAA, where he has been group CEO since October 2017. Prior to that, Philips worked as CEO of retailer Morrisons between 2010 and 2015, and has also held senior roles within Canadian grocery firm George Weston Group and Irish luxury goods retailer Brown Thomas.
Until Philips’ arrival, Gary Kennedy will continue in the role of executive chair, supported by Kevin Moore, deputy CEO, and Emma Hynes, CFO.
“On behalf of the board, I am delighted to be welcoming someone of Dalton’s calibre and experience to Greencore’s senior leadership team,” said Kennedy. “In addition to his outstanding knowledge of the grocery sector, he has a strong track record of leading dynamic consumer-related businesses.
“We see him as the ideal candidate to lead Greencore into the next phase of its journey as it continues to emerge strongly from the challenges of trading through the pandemic,” Kennedy added.
Philips said he was “hugely excited” to be joining Greencore, describing the business as one he had “long admired as an outstanding operator in the UK food manufacturing sector”.
“I know from my time as a Greencore customer that this is a business with exceptional dynamism, adaptability and ambition, and one that is committed to the highest levels of product quality, customer service, and sustainability,” Philips added. “I am looking forward very much to joining their industry-leading team in September, and to helping realise the significant future growth potential I see for this business.”