Pallas - a new man in the CEO role, reports suggest.

Pallas - a new man in the CEO role, reports suggest.

Peter Jackson, a division head at Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta, is to take the top job at Pallas Foods, Ireland's largest foodservice wholesaler, according to The Irish Independent newspaper.

It reports that Jackson, the managing director of Aryzta's European foodservice division, will take up the chief executive officer role at Limerick-based Pallas, which is owned by US foodservice giant Sysco Foods, in April.

He would be the first person to take on the role who is not a member of the Geary family.

The Irish Independent reports the move follows the news CEO Dan Geary is to step down.

Pallas Foods was founded in Co. Limerick in the 1980s by Dan Geary's father, Tim Geary, who recently passed away. 

It was sold to Sysco Foods in 2009 for a fee rumoured to be around EUR200m (US$244.8m at current exchange rates).

In 2017 it merged Pallas with UK-based peer Brakes.

Jackson is a well-known figure in the Irish food industry. Before working for Aryzta, he was the chief executive of meat specialist Kepak Convenience Foods.