Former ITV boss heads up 2 Sisters board

Poultry magnate Ranjit Boparan has appointed the former CEO of ITV as the new non-executive chairman of the 2 Sisters Food Group, following the company’s recent acquisition of Northern Foods.

Charles Allen CBE acted as an adviser during the recent buyout and will sit as an independent chairman of the board of 2 Sisters Food Group, during the integration of Northern Foods. Once complete, the company will form the fourth largest food producer in the UK.

Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “We are delighted that Charles is joining us. He brings a wealth of experience to 2 Sisters as we work to become fit for growth and bring the teams across 2 Sisters and Northern Foods together.

“We have a vision to grow to £3bn of sales by 2015 and the experience Charles has across many sectors will help us to deliver on this.”

Charles Allen said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the Board of 2 Sisters and I am impressed by the real passion for putting the customer at the heart of everything the company does. I am really looking forward to working with Ranjit and his team as we continue to build the business.”

Allen was the non-executive director of Tesco plc until last year and has previously held senior roles at foodservice giant Compass Group, Granada Group, Granada Media, Forte Group and EMI. He is currently chairman of Global Radio and a senior adviser to Goldman Sachs.

Following the acquisition of Northern Foods in April, Boparan made substantial changes at board level. Non-executive chairman Anthony Hobson resigned, along with non-executive directors David Nish, Orna Ni-Chionna, Tony Illsley and Sandra Turner, and Boparan was appointed non-executive chairman, with ljinder Boparan, Kuldip Kular, Jon Silk and Graham Hunter appointed as directors.

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