Omsco, a UK-based organic dairy cooperative, has created a chief executive position and appointed Arla Foods’ finance executive David Williams to the role.

He will take up the reins at the start of April.

Williams has more than 25 years’ experience of working in the dairy industry. He has held a number of senior-level finance roles in Arla Foods and is currently the Denmark-based cooperative’s global head of finance.

Before joining Arla, he was the corporate finance and strategy director for another UK dairy cooperative, Milk Link, for seven years, and prior to that was its finance director.

Neil Kennedy, chairman of Omsco, which is based in Somerset in western England, said: “He has proven leadership skills which are complemented by his having a deep knowledge of the dairy industry and a significant track record of working with leading farmer-owned dairy businesses.

“I believe the combination of both his dairy industry and co-operative experience makes David ideally positioned to lead the business as we enter the next phase in our growth and development.

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“As Omsco’s new chief executive, David will oversee and drive forward the development of our value-added strategy based on investing in processing, products and brands.”

Williams added: "Omsco has clearly made good progress in moving from simply being a broker of organic milk to establishing a strategic presence in value-added processing and more premium markets, both in the UK and overseas.

"The challenge now is to build upon these strong foundations and create ever more valuable and sustainable outlets for our members' organic milk - a challenge I'm incredibly excited to take on."

Following Williams' appointment, Richard Hampton, currently Omsco's managing director, will focus on commercial and business development, reporting to the new chief executive.