Kraft Foods has appointed a replacement for Nick Bunker as head of its operations in the UK and Ireland.

Maurizio Brusadelli, a company veteran, will replace Bunker, who is to become CEO of KP Snacks, United Biscuits’ recently-separated snacks unit next month.

Brusadelli has been with Kraft for 19 years, during which time he has worked in a number of senior roles within its European organisation.

He ran Kraft’s Iberia business as general manger, and most recently headed up its pan-European gum and candy operations in Zurich.