Posted on Friday 18 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Moy Park's Nigel Dunlop, centre, with the Top 100 issue of Ulster Business. 

Northern Ireland's largest company, Moy Park, has announced that its CEO Nigel Dunlop is to leave the business at the end of this year.

The Craigavon-based poultry producer said that after six years as CEO of Moy Park and following 33 years in the consumer goods sector, Dunlop had decided to step down as CEO and retire at the end of this year in line with his own long term retirement plans.

Moy Park's parent company, Marfrig said in a statement that Janet McCollum, currently Moy Park Group Finance Director, will take over the role of CEO on January 1, 2014.

Since joining Moy Park in 2008, Dunlop had played a pivotal role in the complete reorganisation and turnaround of the business which has seen Moy Park become fully responsible for the Brazil-based company's entire European business.

Moy Park has since achieved record levels of profitability and has almost doubled in size during this period. The business was listed at number one on the Ulster Business Top 100 companies in Northern Ireland list in 2013, with turnover of £1.1bn and pre-tax profits of £24.4m.

"Nigel has successfully led Moy Park through one of the most challenging periods in recent times and leaves behind him a proud legacy of a strong, profitable and growing business which is today recognised as one of Europe's leading food companies. Nigel will remain in the role of CEO Moy Park until the end of this year," the company said.

Prior to joining Moy Park, Janet McCollum held roles at Coca Cola and Schweppes Beverages after graduating in Business Administration and French at the University of Aston in Birmingham. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and sits on the main board of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

Marcos Antonio Molina dos Santos, CEO and Chairman of Marfrig Group, said: "I would like to express my sincere and warmest thanks to Nigel for his personal contribution to the success of Moy Park and for his support to the wider Marfrig Group during his time with the company.

"I would also like to congratulate Janet on her appointment as CEO Moy Park and wish her every success in the new role. Between now and the end of the year Nigel will work closely with Janet to ensure a smooth and effective transition for the business."

 

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