Karro announces new group executive chair

UK pork processor the Karro Food Group has announced the appointment of Di Walker as group executive chair from next month.

Walker will be joining the company from her role as chief operating officer of Greencore, and has previously held roles in companies including Hazlewood Foods, Hibernia Foods and Asda.

The appointment marks another step forward for Karro in the six months since its management buyout from the Vion Food Group, and follows on from the announcement it had secured a new £60m funding package from venture capitalists GE Capital, which goes along side the original backing from private equity operators Endless LLP.

Walker said: “I am delighted to be joining Karro at such an exciting time for the business. Karro is one of the key suppliers of British pork in the UK, delivering all stages of pork production, from farming through to slaughter, butchery and processing. At a time when ‘affordable provenance’ is vital for customers, Karro is ideally positioned to be a leader in this area.

“The foundations of the Karro business are strong, with well-invested facilities and an experienced and loyal workforce. I intend to build on this and focus on the consumer proposition, working closely and in partnership with our customers.”

Aidan Robson, Investment Director at Endless LLP, said: “We are delighted to welcome Di to lead the board and her appointment reflects the ambitions we all share for the business.  Di brings with her huge experience in the food sector and her appointment adds to the momentum already being achieved, ensuring that Karro continues to focus on the needs of its customers, invests in its product offering and builds on its strong market share.”  

Walker’s appointment follows shortly after the appointment of Brian Stein as non-executive director at Karro.  Brian was previously chief executive of Samworth Brothers and was recently awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his contribution to the food industry.