Frozen food business Nomad Foods has appointed a new CFO in the shape of Samy Zekhout.

He was most recently CFO of global grooming at US consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble.

Zekhout replaces Paul Kenyon in the CFO role at the Birds Eye, Findus and Iglo brands owner. Kenyon left last summer to take up a position outside the food industry.

Zekhout will take up his new role in April. He will also be appointed to the company’s board of directors.

He joins Nomad Foods with more than 30 years of global consumer products experience at Procter & Gamble where, Nomad said, he was instrumental in driving increased profitability and cash flow performance, step-change revenue growth across the portfolio and the successful execution and integration of several acquisitions. 

He held various finance roles at Procter & Gamble in France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and the US.

Stefan Descheemaeker, CEO of Nomad Foods, said: “Samy is a talented finance executive with global experience and a proven track record of unlocking value and integrating acquisitions within large consumer product portfolios. We look forward to his contributions as we enter the next phase of our growth strategy.”

Zekhout said: “The business has made significant strides under Stefan’s leadership and has a bright future ahead. I look forward to leveraging my experience and creating additional value for all of our stakeholders in the years to come.”

British Virgin Islands-headquartered Nomad Foods, which has its UK base in Middlesex, produces, markets and distributes brands in 17 countries. 

Last month it announced it had struck a deal to acquire a clutch of pizza assets – including the Goodfella’s and San Marco brands – from Boparan Holdings.