UK: Noble Foods names ABP's Cracknell CEO

By Katy Askew | 4 December 2013

Noble names new CEO

Noble names new CEO

Noble Foods has appointed ABP Food Group executive Andrew Cracknell to the post of CEO, replacing Peter Thornton.

Cracknell's 20-year ABP career has taken in a variety of positions, including operational experience when he served as general manager of the group's Ellesmere plant. Most recently, Cracknell was commercial and board director for ABP Food Group's UK arm, where he is responsible for all business units supplying fresh and frozen beef products across the retail sector.

Thornton has served as Noble CEO for five years and announced his intention to stand down in order to spend more time with his family. He will continue on at Noble as a non executive director, as well as taking on a role as chairman of Gü and Noble Foods Inc, the firm's US business. Both of these businesses will continue to report directly into Thornton. 

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ANNOUNCEMENT - Leadership Changes

Some months ago Peter Thornton informed us, having spent over 5 years at Noble, of his intention to step down from his position as Chief Executive.
Having played a key role in helping to transform the fortunes of the business since he joined Peter has decided to change career direction by working in more of a Non Executive capacity in the future, which will also allow him to spend more time with his family.

I am pleased to say that we will continue to benefit from Peter's knowledge and experience as he has agreed to become a Non Executive Director of the Noble Group as well as being appointed Chairman of Gü and Noble Foods Inc., our US business. Both of these businesses will continue to report directly into Peter.

Given the time we have had to find a suitable replacement to ensure an orderly transition I am delighted to announce that Andrew Cracknell will be joining the business as Chief Executive from 14th January 2014, having spent the last 20 years working in various senior roles at ABP Food Group who are one of Europe's leading privately owned food processors.

Andrew has progressed impressively through the ranks at ABP gaining operational experience by running the Ellesmere plant as General Manager.

Over the last 4 years Andrew has held the role of Commercial and Board Director for ABP Food Group UK where he is responsible for all Business Units supplying fresh and frozen beef products across the retail sector, where he holds close relationships at senior director level.

Peter and Andrew will work closely together for a few weeks as part of the handover process.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Peter Thornton for all the brilliant hard work he has done for Noble.

I wish Andrew every success at Noble and look forward to working with him and Peter in their new roles.

Michael Kent

Original source: Noble Foods

Sectors: Chilled foods, Dairy

Companies: Noble Foods, ABP Food Group

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