Noble Foods, the UK-based business behind brands The Happy Egg Co. and Gü, has appointed Kerry Group veteran Duncan Everett as its new chief executive.

Everett, who joined Kerry on the Irish company’s graduate programme in 1995, will take the reins at Noble in September.

Most recently the CEO of Kerry’s consumer-facing Kerry Foods arm, Everett is replacing Dale Burnett, who has been at the helm of Noble for four years.

“It almost doesn’t bear saying – these are extraordinary times that has stress-tested the resilience of every person in the food industry,” Everett said. “The stories that I’ve heard from the team at Noble Foods fills me with the confidence and excitement that we can drive the business forward despite the turbulent times the UK is currently facing.”

Sarah Dean, the owner of Noble Foods, said Everett brings “strong commercial acumen” to the company “along with invaluable experience driving business performance in both fruitful and difficult times”.

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Dean added: “Dale delivered outstanding results during his 12-year tenure at Noble Foods. Under his watchful eye, both The Happy Egg Co. and Gü have grown to become brand leaders in their respective categories. Dale will be splitting his time between the golf course and travel and we wish him every success for the future.”

The most recently filed set of accounts at the UK’s Companies House for Noble Foods cover the 52 weeks to 27 September 2019. Turnover stood at GBP314.2m (US$391.6m), down slightly from GBP317.5m a year earlier.

Operating profit was GBP8.9m, versus GBP11.3m a year earlier. The company made a profit for the financial year of GBP5.8m, against GBP7.2m 12 months earlier.

Kerry, meanwhile, today announced Everett has been succeeded as CEO of its Kerry Foods unit by Nick Robinson, who has worked for the Richmond sausages maker since 2017.