The board of directors of global food business forum CIES has announced that Richard Fedigan, its president and CEO, will leave the organisation with immediate effect.

CIES said its board has asked Alan McClay, in his present capacity as chief operating officer, to manage the organisation. McClay will report to the board of directors.

"Alan McClay has been with CIES since 1986 and is well placed to continue the implementation of our new strategic objectives" said Roger Corbett, CEO of Australian retailer Woolworths and chairman of CIES' governance committee.