Chris Thomas will replace Clive Sharpe from August 1.
First Milk has announced the appointment of Chris Thomas as non-executive chairman.
Mr Thomas will replace Clive Sharpe on the First Milk board, joining August 1.
He has previously held senior executive and non-executive positions across a range of businesses including Tulip UK, Adelie Foods, Bakkavor, St. Ivel, PepsiCo and Mars.
He was currently non-executive Chairman of G’s Convenience Foods and Street Eats Food Ltd and a non-executive director of Espersen.
Clive Sharpe said: “Since I joined First Milk back in 2016 I have seen the business through a period of major strategic and structural change.
“It has been a great pleasure to chair the Board through this period however, due to significant changes to my personal circumstances, as well as other professional commitments, I now feel it is the right time to step down from the role.’’
Mr Thomas said: “It is great to be joining First Milk at this exciting time in the food sector.
“We face a period of huge change - both in the retail environment and with Brexit on the horizon - and change brings opportunities.
“First Milk has well established long-term customer relationships, efficient processing facilities, a stable financial position and a clear strategy for growth and I look forward to working with the business to deliver for its farmer members.”