John Gildersleeve has been appointed Chairman of Noble Foods Group, the UK’s largest egg business and owner of premium chilled dessert brand Gü.
Gildersleeve will oversee the implementation of the group’s growth strategy which includes further diversification and acquisitions.
Gildersleeve spent 20 years on the Board of Tesco (up until 2004), followed by roles as Chairman at Gallaher, EMI, New Look, and Carphone Warehouse. He is currently Chairman of British Land and Deputy Chairman of TalkTalk Telecom.
Following a number of senior management appointments across the group, Noble said that it has restructured its Board of Directors to support its long term ambitions in the UK and overseas. Alongside Gildersleeve’s appointment, Noble has also appointed Tim Morris as Company Secretary who has experience in corporate finance, including delivering ambitious strategic plans.
Gildersleeve said: “I’ve been watching Noble Foods Group’s growth from a distance and have always been impressed that a company of its size and stature has retained its entrepreneurial and innovative edge. As the first fully integrated egg business Noble has demonstrated extraordinary skills. These range from its core strength in the commodity egg market through to creating the UK’s first national egg brand, happy egg, and latterly its successful integration of the iconic dessert brand Gü into its portfolio. I’m delighted to be joining the team”.
Dale Burnett, CEO of Noble Foods Group, added: “We are very pleased that John is going to Chair Noble Foods Group. He comes at a key time when we are seeking to accelerate the business and his knowledge of the retail sector and long term experience with national and international brands will be invaluable in helping us deliver our strategy for growth.”