The research and training charity IGD today (19th November 2019) announces the appointment of Susan Barratt as new CEO, effective from 1st January 2019. Susan succeeds Joanne Denney-Finch who stepped down in September 2018.
Susan has a breadth of both national and international experience across FMCG, most recently as CEO of Natures Way Foods, where she led the company for more than a decade, doubling turnover during her tenure and successfully developing relationships with both retailers and food service organisations. Prior to that Susan was CEO of Eldridge Pope PLC and held senior roles at Whitbread and Geest.
Susan is currently a Non Executive Director of A.G. Barr PLC and Higgidy Ltd and has served on the IGD Board as a Trustee since 2016.
Leendert Den Hollander, Vice-President & General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners and current IGD President said:
“I am very pleased that Susan has been appointed as IGD CEO. Her experience across the food and grocery industry, alongside a strong understanding of IGD and its work, will be robust foundations to build and grow IGD’s important contribution in the years ahead and will further reinforce IGD’s position at the heart of the food and grocery industry.”
Andrew Higginson, Chairman of Morrisons and incoming IGD President, said:
“At a time of real challenges and opportunities for the food and grocery industry, Susan’s appointment as CEO is excellent news. I look forward to working with her and seeing the impact I am confident she will make. She brings with her strong commercial experience spanning the industry and I am sure that her background in managing and developing retailer relationships, coupled with a strong manufacturing and food service background will be a real asset to IGD.”
Susan Barratt, incoming IGD CEO, said:
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead IGD. Joanne Denney-Finch has left an impressive legacy on which to build. I am very much looking forward to working with both the IGD team and the industry to help tackle challenges that the industry faces and build on opportunities that exist.”