Cracknell leaves ABP for Noble Foods

ABP’s Andrew Cracknell has been appointed as the new chief executive of Noble Foods following the resignation of Peter Thornton.

Cracknell will leave his post as commercial director for ABP UK and will begin his work with Noble Foods in January next year.

Despite Thornton stepping down from his position, he has agreed to become a non-executive director of the Noble Group as well as chairman of its US business Gü and Noble Foods Inc.

In a statement from Noble Foods, owner Michael Kent explained that Cracknell and Thornton would work together for a few weeks to make the transition.

Kent added: “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Peter Thornton for all the brilliant hard work he has done for Noble. I wish Andrew every success at Noble and look forward to working with him and Peter in their new roles.”

ABP UK CEO Tom Kirwan said: “Andrew has made a fantastic contribution to ABP UK and we wish him well in his new role.”

However, the company stated that it is too early to make a comment about his replacement.