McMeikan moves from Greggs to Brakes
Published:  11 December, 2012

The chief executive of high street bakery giant Greggs has announced a move across to head up Brakes Group.

Ken McMeikan will join Brakes as the new group chief executive while the current CEO, Philip Jansen, will move to become chairman of the foodservice operator. Current chairman Dwight Poler will step down, but remain an active member of the board of directors.

Poler said: “With a background of world-class leadership in food, foodservice and retail, Ken has the perfect mix of experience to lead Brakes.”

McMeikan said: “Given Brakes’ leading market position, great employees and strong plan, the company could not be better-positioned to serve the European foodservice customer and lead the industry. I have had the opportunity to go through the five-year plan in detail and could not be more impressed with the group’s vision and investment plan. I look forward to working with the group’s talented management team and 10,000 employees to deliver on this plan.”

Greggs is now recruiting, but said that McMeikan had agreed he will stay in his role, and remain a member of the board, while a successor is appointed, which would be announced in due course.

Derek Netherton, chairman of Greggs, said “We are very grateful to Ken for the valuable contribution he has made to Greggs. He has led the company through the major changes that have put us in a strong position for the future with a clear strategy for growth in a difficult environment. We wish Ken well in his new role.”