IGD appoints Susan Barratt as new CEO, effective 1 January 2019

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The research and training charity IGD has announced the appointment of Susan Barratt as new CEO, effective from 1January 2019. Barratt succeeds Joanne Denney-Finch who stepped down in September 2018.

Barratt has a breadth of both national and international experience across FMCG, most recently as CEO of Natures Way Foods, where she led the company for more than a decade, doubling turnover during her tenure and successfully developing relationships with both retailers and food service organisations. Prior to that Barratt was CEO of Eldridge Pope and held senior roles at Whitbread and Geest.

Barratt is currently a non executive director of AG Barr and Higgidy and has served on the IGD Board as a trustee since 2016.

Leendert Den Hollander, vice-president & general manager at Coca-Cola European Partners and current IGD president, said: “I am very pleased that Susan has been appointed as IGD CEO. Her experience across the food and grocery industry, alongside a strong understanding of IGD and its work, will be robust foundations to build and grow IGD’s important contribution in the years ahead and will further reinforce IGD’s position at the heart of the food and grocery industry.”

Andrew Higginson, chairman of Morrisons and incoming IGD president, said: “At a time of real challenges and opportunities for the food and grocery industry, Susan’s appointment as CEO is excellent news. I look forward to working with her and seeing the impact I am confident she will make. She brings with her strong commercial experience spanning the industry and I am sure that her background in managing and developing retailer relationships, coupled with a strong manufacturing and food service background will be a real asset to IGD.”

Barratt said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead IGD. Joanne Denney-Finch has left an impressive legacy on which to build. I am very much looking forward to working with both the IGD team and the industry to help tackle challenges that the industry faces and build on opportunities that exist.”