French sliced ham and charcuterie specialist Madrange has sacked CEO Daniel Auclair after two months in the job.

Auclair has been replaced by Roland Wolfrum, Madrange’s administrative and financial director.

When contacted by just-food, a spokesman for Madrange would only confirm Auclair’s departure but declined to comment on why he had been fired.

According to a staff union source, Madrange’s works council had been informed that Auclair was set to replace Jean Mandrangeas, Madrange’s principal shareholder, as head of the company’s supervisory board, making his departure even more bewildering.

In the light of Auclair’s sacking, Madrange’s works council is to convene an extraordinary meeting at the earliest possible date. “We no longer know where Madrange is going and staff and unions have every right to be concerned about the future of the firm,” a council member said.

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Earlier this year, Madrange finalised a EUR4m restructuring programme that made provision for 135 jobs to be axed compared to the 245 initially planned.

Last year, Madrange had entered into takeover talks with French food holding company Financière Turenne Lafayette but the sell-off plans were dropped.