Per Harkjaer’s experience includes roles as United Coffee and Findus Group
Meadow Foods has announced the appointment of Per Harkjaer as chairman.
Mr Harkjaer replaces Simon Chantler who will remain on the board as a non-executive director and remains a substantial shareholder.
Mr Chantler founded Meadow Foods in 1992 and over the last 28 years has held the position of managing director, executive chairman and non-executive chairman, overseeing the growth of the business from a start-up to achieving a turnover of over £450m.
He will continue as an active board member and the largest individual shareholder in the business.
Mr Harkjaer has more than 20 years of executive level experience in the global foods and drinks industry, including as group chief executive of United Coffee and Findus Group as well as leadership roles at Toms Group and Unigate PLC.
He was also currently vice chairman of Caffitaly and chairman of Scandanavian businesses Løgimose Meyers and Scandic Standard.
Mr Chantler said they were delighted to welcome Mr Harkjaer to the board.
“He brings a wealth of complementary expertise in food, manufacturing and innovation, as well as a proven ability to deliver growth for global food businesses.
“We are excited by this next phase in the company’s development as we continue to create new opportunities for our producer partners, customers and employees.”
Mr Harkjaer said: “Meadow Foods has matured as a business significantly in recent years and I’m excited to be joining the board and to support their ambitions for continued growth.”