Burts Snacks, one of the country’s leading independent snacking companies, has announced that its chairman and managing director, David Nairn is stepping down after 14 years leading the business. He will be succeeded by Dave McNulty, the former managing director of SHS’s Drinks Division and vice president of Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Stepping down with immediate effect, Nairn has played an instrumental role in the UK premium snacking industry, helping the Devon-based business expand into new sectors and grow from £1m sales per annum to more than £60m. He will continue to provide support on the direction and strategy of the business as a non-executive director and company secretary.
McNulty joins Burts Snacks following four years as managing director of SHS’s Drinks Division. He has also held roles as vice president of Coca-Cola Enterprises and director ICC Europe at Kraft Foods.
Jitu Patel, chairman said: “David’s experience and knowledge will continue to be invaluable for our leadership and continued growth. His enthusiasm and tireless commitment to growth and strategic direction will ensure that Burts Snacks is well-positioned to continue on its growth trajectory.”
Nairn said: “After 14 years I am looking forward to seeing the business through a different lens. My career has been redefined by this industry after 32 years in banking. The role played in supporting our people and customers every day and my passion to continue to support the Burts family story will never change. I am proud of the extraordinary team and the incredible products we have developed, and I am excited for what the future holds under Dave’s stewardship.”
Commenting on his new role, McNulty added: “I am excited about this new opportunity and the prospect of working with such a dedicated and ambitious team. David’s leadership, commitment and passion for the business has created a long-lasting legacy and I am very much looking forward to building on his achievements, taking the brand and its product offering into the next chapter.”