Ingham’s Enterprises Executive Chairman, Mick McMahon, today announced that Philip Wilkinson OBE will join Ingham’s as Executive Director from 1 August 2015.
Philip has more than 30 years’ experience in agribusiness, including his current role as Executive Director of the UK’s leading chicken business, 2 Sisters Food Group, and previously as Managing Director of Integrated Chicken at Grampian Country Foods, also in the UK.
Prior to that Philip spent many years in the dairy industry and has deep experience in the strategic and commercial leadership of large international agriculture businesses.
He brings invaluable experience in the operational, technical, sales and marketing aspects of our industry, and is well credentialed to advise our Board and Executive Committee on world class technical standards, customer requirements and operations.
Philip’s standing and service to industry have been well recognised, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the Dairy Industry in 2004, and awarded Colonel in the USA for Global Services to the Food Industry in 2010. He is also a Board member of the British Poultry Council, is currently Vice President of AVEC (the European Poultry Council), and a Board Member of Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor).
Philip said, “It is an honour to join Ingham’s at an exciting time in the Australian food retailing market. I look forward to helping the company identify and take hold of the fantastic opportunities available.”
Ingham’s is Australia and New Zealands’ leading integrated poultry producer, supplying leading retail, QSR and food service customers, processing 3.6 million birds per week and employing more than 8,000 people across its 260 farms, eight hatcheries, eight feed mills, seven primary processing and five further processing plants.
2 Sisters Food Group is the UK’s largest vertically integrated broiler chicken business, processing 5.5 million birds per week in the UK. They are a privately-owned English company with operations also in Poland and the Netherlands. They supply organic, free-range, Freedom Foods and Assured Chicken Produce birds to all the major retailers, food service and ingredients customers.
Grampian Country Food Group was an international independent food company, and one of the largest food suppliers in the UK. The business had a combined turnover of £1.8 billion and 385 farms, six feed mills, seven primary processing plants, two further processing sites, seven hatcheries and employs approximately 6,000 employees.
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