Australia's largest pie maker Patties Foods has appointed Chris Riordan as independent chairman.

In a statement today (7 July), Patties said that Riordan, a commercial lawyer, brings extensive experience of the food industry, having served on the boards of SPC and Golden Circle.

Riordan is chairman of Radio Rentals, advertising agency Wilson Everard and the Advisory Board of Escor.

Patties has been seeking a chairman since Peter Kempen resigned from the post in November. Riordan will take on the role with immediate effect.