UK snacks maker Seabrook Crisps has declined to comment on the reasons for a switch in chief executive after announcing Ken Brook-Chrispin is to step down from his role.

The company yesterday (19 June) announced a number of senior management appointments, including the appointment of Jonathan Bye as chief executive.

Bye, previously managing director of Vimto Soft Drinks, has taken over from Brook-Chrispin who will retain his role as chairman. A spokesperson for Seabrook, however, would not comment on the reasons for Brook-Chrispin’s move stepping down from the chief executive role.

The company has also appointed Andrew Staal as managing director and Daniel Woodwards as financial director.

Staal joins the company from Simon Howie Foods where he was responsible for putting in place a growth strategy and action plan for the ready meal manufacturer. He has also previously held roles within Associated British Foods.

Seabrook had announced the search for a new managing director in October last year following the departure of former MD John Tague in August.

Woodwards, who takes over from Colin Taverner who left the company in September last year, spent time as group finance controller at Sirdar before joining UK food manufacturing group Zubrance, where he was tasked with helping turnaround and grow the sauces to nuts Yorkshire-based company.