Blog: Andy CoyneOne in, one out at Moy Park

Andy Coyne | 23 May 2018

Interesting news crossed our desk this morning about former Greencore Group US head Chris Kirke becoming the new president of Northern Ireland-based poultry and prepared food group Moy Park.

It highlights the ups and downs of life at the top executive end of the food business. Janet McCollum, who has led Moy Park since 2014 - and who steps down to facilitate Kirke's arrival - seemed to gain the seal of approval to carry on in the role when the company was taken over by US meat giant Pilgrim's Park in September.

Kirke's career, meanwhile, seemed to be on a downward spiral in March when Greencore - the Irish convenience food group - revealed plans for a major shake-up of its US operations, which included him leaving his role to return to the UK.

Of course, we don't know when decisions were made and new positions secured, but on the face of it Kirke now has an important and challenging role on his hands and McCollum, well, doesn't.

But, given Kirke's speed in bouncing back, McCollum will be confident that she too will secure another top executive position before too long.

As far as Pilgrim's Pride is concerned, it will be looking for Kirke to move things forward at Moy Park.

Speaking of Kirke, Bill Lovette, Pilgrim's president and CEO, said. “His proven track record of delivering results for customers, and driving profitability in the UK and the US, will uniquely position the Pilgrim’s European business platform for its next chapter of accelerated growth and innovation.”

The company also announced the appointment of Flavio Malnarcic, former executive business director at Moy Park, as CFO. Malnarcic has more than 30 years of financial experience, including positions with Cargill and Tyson Foods.

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