New chief executive for Noble Foods

Noble Foods has appointed Kerry Foods stalwart, Duncan Everett to the role of CEO of the Noble Foods Group.

Everett joined Kerry Foods’ graduate programme in 1995 after studying economics and quickly rose through the ranks to hold a number of senior finance roles, including CFO, before taking on leadership positions as MD of the meat technology business and in 2017 he became CEO.

“Duncan brings his strong commercial acumen to Noble Foods along with invaluable experience driving business performance in both fruitful and difficult times,” said Sarah Dean, owner of Noble Foods. “Duncan embodies the values that are extremely important to us as a family business. He is committed to fostering a proud culture while also encouraging teams to take risks and challenging them to look for new ways to connect and build relationships with our partners, from farmers to retailers, consumers and our business customers.” 

Commenting on his appointment, Everett said: “Kerry Foods has been a fantastic and enjoyable experience and the team and I have delivered robust results. I will always be thankful for the opportunities and confidence that the team had in me. I’m excited about the potential that Noble Foods holds and the role I can play in creating a sustainable future for the business and the brands under its wings.

“It almost doesn’t bear saying – these are extraordinary times that has stress-tested the resilience of every person in the food industry. The stories that I’ve heard from the team at Noble Foods fills me with the confidence and excitement that we can drive the business forward despite the turbulent times the UK is currently facing.”

Everett will join the business 2 September 2020.  

He is replacing Dale Burnett, who steps down as CEO of Noble Foods Group after four years in the role. Burnett previously held the positions of MD of Gü and Noble Foods respectively after joining the company in 2008.

“Dale delivered outstanding results during his 12-year tenure at Noble Foods,” said Sarah Dean, owner of Noble Foods. “Under his watchful eye both The Happy Egg Co. and Gü have grown to become brand leaders in their respective categories. Dale will be splitting his time between the golf course and travel and we wish him every success for the future.”

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