Crawshaw Group Plc, the UK’s leading value butcher, today announces the appointment of Jim Viggars as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Nick Taylor as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) with effect from 21 May 2018.
Jim has over 30 years’ experience within the meat industry across procurement, customer strategy and agriculture. Between 2005 and 2015, Jim was the Head of the Fresh Meat Department at UK supermarket ASDA. Prior to this he was Buying Manager for ASDA’s pre-packed pies division and was previously a fresh meat buyer for the group. During 2015-2017 Jim was the Sales Director for UK Import & Distribution Services importing grass fed beef into Europe.
Nick joins Crawshaw having served as CFO of Janan Meat, the UK’s premier dedicated Halal Lamb and Mutton meat processor, since January 2017. Prior to this Nick was Finance Director of the Egg products division at Noble Food Group, and between 2002 and 2015 he held a variety of roles, including that of Finance Director and General Manager of the Doncaster site at the leading food processing company ABP Food Group.
Jim Viggars will replace Noel Collett as CEO, who as previously announced, has informed the Board of his intention to step down to pursue other opportunities. Nick Taylor will replace Alan Richardson as CFO, who, as previously indicated, has left Crawshaw to take up an opportunity outside of the Group.
On joining Crawshaw, Nick Taylor will also assume the role of Company Secretary. In the meantime, Mark Naughton-Rumbo, non-executive Director, has taken on the role of interim Company Secretary.
Jim McCarthy, Chairman of Crawshaw, said:
“I am pleased to welcome Jim and Nick to Crawshaw. They both have clear commercial acumen and careers which are steeped in the industry. I am confident that their combined expertise, experience and outlook will help drive the Group forward.”
James (Jim) Russell Viggars, aged 50, left ASDA in 2015. His departure from ASDA was referenced in an article by The Grocer citing his dismissal for gross misconduct in connection with breaches of Walmart’s expenses policies.
Nick John Taylor is aged 49.
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