– UK, London – Tate & Lyle PLC (LON: TATE) today announced the appointment of David Hearn to its Board of Directors as Chair effective on 1 January 2024, to succeed Interim Chair Warren Tucker who will continue to serve as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.
The company also announced that Senior Independent Director Paul Forman will retire from the Board on 31 December 2023 and that Kim Nelson will take up the position of Senior Independent Director from 1 January 2024.
David Hearn will also join the Nominations Committee as Chair.
About David Hearn
David Hearn is a highly experienced Chair both of listed companies and privately owned businesses. He currently serves as Chair of Safestore Holdings plc and is also Chair of The a2 Milk Company, a company listed on the New Zealand and Australian Stock Exchanges, a position he will step down from on 16 November 2023. He is a non-executive director of Lovat Partners Ltd.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, David Hearn has held senior roles in several global businesses, including in the food and beverage industry with Del Monte, PepsiCo, and United Biscuits. David served as CEO of Goodman Fielder, a listed Australian food business, from 1995 to 2001 and also as CEO of Cordiant Group plc in the US from 2001 to 2003. In 2005, he was appointed CEO of Committed Capital, an international private equity and advisory firm based in London and Sydney, for whom he acted as Chair of a wide range of portfolio businesses over twelve years.
“The Board is delighted that David Hearn will be joining Tate & Lyle as Chair in January. David’s breadth of experience, skills and knowledge, particularly of the food industry, will complement and further strengthen Tate & Lyle’s Board. I look forward to working closely with him to ensure a smooth handover during the coming weeks.” said Interim Chair, Warren Tucker.
David Hearn is the Chair of Safestore Holdings plc and a non-executive director of Lovat Partners Ltd.
David became a non-executive director and deputy Chair of The a2 Milk Company in 2014 becoming the Chair in 2018. David will serve as the Chair of The a2 Milk Company, a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and dual listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, until 16 November 2023 when he will step down from the board.
Between 2005 and 2018, David held non-executive directorships on the boards of LifeCare Residences Ltd, Committed Capital PE, and Comqi Holdings Ltd, and he was Chair of Hammonds LLP.
David started his career in 1977 with Procter & Gamble before joining the food industry in 1984 as the CEO of Del Monte’s business in the UK and Ireland. After the business was acquired by Nabisco, David was given responsibility for leading the Smiths Crisps division which he did for three years until, in 1990, Nabisco was acquired by PepsiCo. David was appointed into a divisional VP role with responsibility for running the Snackfoods division in Europe based in Barcelona. In 1992, David joined United Biscuits as deputy CEO running the snacks business worldwide, which included KP Snacks, Ross Youngs and McVitie’s. After a successful three years of acquisitions and growth, David accepted the role of CEO of Goodman Fielder, the listed Australian business and he relocated to Sydney in 1995. In 2001, David moved to the US to become the CEO of Cordiant Group plc, based in New York. When that business was acquired by WPP in 2003/2004 David returned to Europe. In 2005, David was appointed CEO of Committed Capital, an international private equity and advisory firm with offices in London and Sydney. Over the next twelve years, David operated as Chair for a range of portfolio businesses, spanning travel, technology, media, legal, and B2B.
David Hearn said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of Tate & Lyle at what is an exciting time for the business. Tate & Lyle is a business with a deep sense of purpose, in a strong financial position, which puts its customers at the heart of everything it does. I look forward to working with the Board, Nick Hampton and the leadership team to deliver on the Company’s growth agenda.”
Mr Hearn received an MA in English Literature from Oxford University.
About Tate & Lyle
Supported by our 160-year history of ingredient innovation, we partner with customers to provide consumers with healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink. We are proud that millions of people around the world consume products containing our ingredients every day.
Through our expertise in sweetening, fortification, and mouthfeel, we develop ingredient solutions which reduce sugar, calories, and fat, add fiber and protein, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverage, dairy, bakery and snacks, and soups, sauces, and dressings.
We have more than 3,600 employees working in 58 locations across the world. Science, Solutions, and Society is our brand promise and how we will achieve our purpose of Transforming Lives Through the Science of Food. By living our purpose we believe we can successfully grow our business and have a positive impact on society. We live our purpose in three ways, by supporting healthy living, building thriving communities, and caring for our planet.
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