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AG Barr names new chair



AG Barr has named Mark Allen as its new independent non-executive director and chair designate with effect from 1 July.

He will succeed John Nicolson, who is due to step down from the board prior to the next AGM in May 2022, following nine years as a non-executive director, seven of which have been as chair.

Allen is an experienced director and board member, with a long career across multiple sectors.

His early career in the police force sparked an interest in law and, after completing a law degree, he subsequently held a variety of corporate roles, initially with Shell Group and lately with Dairy Crest Group, where he was chief executive from 2007 to 2019, prior to the business being acquired by Saputo.

In addition, Allen has held non-executive roles at Howden Joinery Group, Dairy UK and Warburtons, as well as Norcros, where he was chair from July 2020 until April 2021. He is currently non-executive chair of Halo Foods.

The drinks producer has also appointed Zoe Howorth to the board as a non-executive director.

An economics graduate, she has had a career spanning a range of roles at Procter & Gamble, United Biscuits and The Coca-Cola Company, where she spent 16 years, culminating in her role as UK marketing director from 2010 to 2013.

Howorth is also currently non-executive director at Water Babies International.

She brings extensive consumer goods experience, specifically across the food and beverage sector, as well as consumer brand marketing expertise and direct-to-consumer digital capabilities.

As part of her responsibilities, Howorth will chair the environmental, social and governance committee.

Having completed eight years as a non-executive director, Pam Powell will stand down from the board at the end of June, as part of the long term succession plan.

Chairman John Nicolson commented : “I would personally like to thank Pam Powell for her valuable contribution over the past eight years in helping to shape the direction and performance of the business.

“I am delighted that both Mark and Zoe will be joining our board, both of whom bring a wealth of highly relevant experience and I look forward to welcoming them at this exciting time for AG Barr.”

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