Rotherham-based butcher Crawshaw Group has named Asda’s former head of fresh meat department, Jim Viggars, as its new chief executive officer (CEO) and Nick Taylor of Janan Meats as its chief financial officer (CFO).
Viggars will replace Noel Collett as CEO, following over 30 years’ experience within the meat industry across procurement, customer strategy and agriculture; prior to heading Asda’s fresh meat department, he was buying manager of the retailer’s pre-packed pies division and was previously a fresh meat buyer for the group.
During 2015-2017, Viggars was the sales director for UK import & distribution services importing grass fed beef into Europe.
Taylor will replace Alan Richardson, after having served as CFO of Halal lamb and mutton meat processor, Janan Meat, since January 2017.
Prior to this, Taylor was finance director of the egg products division at Noble Food Group, and between 2002 and 2015 he held a variety of roles, including that of finance director and general manager of the Doncaster site at food processing company, ABP Food Group.
On joining Crawshaw, Taylor will also assume the role of company secretary.
In the meantime, Mark Naughton-Rumbo, non-executive director, has taken on the role of interim company secretary.
Jim McCarthy, chairman of Crawshaw, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Jim and Nick to Crawshaw. They both have clear commercial acumen and careers which are steeped in the industry.
“I am confident that their combined expertise, experience and outlook will help drive the Group forward.”