Businessman with an International General Management and Sales and Marketing background. Retired as President and CEO of McCain Foods Ltd the global French Fry Company, prior to which he was divisional managing director of Ranks Hovis Mcdougall plc. Former non-executive director or chairman of 6 other companies, including Dairy Crest plc and the Body Shop International. Former Chairman of the British Food Export Council and the export board of Food from Britain. Chairman of the Longridge on the Thames Charity. He was awarded the OBE for services to the Food Industry.
40 years’ experience in advertising and media with major advertising agencies (JWT, Leo Burnett and Young & Rubicam) and broadcasters including 30 years’ experience in the International media and marketing world. Former worldwide Media Director and UK Group Chairman of Young & Rubicam (prior to WPP acquisition) and Managing Director of Sales and Publishing for BSB, the UK’s first digital satellite broadcaster. Launched Chris Dickens Communications Ltd, a media and marketing communications and business management consultancy which has now enjoyed over 17 successful and profitable years providing strategic management and business development advice to new and established companies both in UK and internationally. Experienced adviser on setting up and developing new business ventures. Served as Non-Executive Director/Chairman on a number of media and marketing companies. Fellow of Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (UK), member of Royal Television Society (UK) and BAFTA (UK).
A professional and Blue-chip Sales Manager with a demonstrable track record of success with over 30 years experience in Chill, Frozen, Health & Beauty, Ambient and B2B food and non-food sales. Experienced in brand building, retailer own label, NPD, EPD across all major multiple accounts and routes to market in the UK & Ireland. International experience in opening new markets in Canada & South Africa. Held senior sales management roles from commercial director to country manager in large multinational companies such as Kimberly Clark, Johnson & Johnson, Dairy Crest, Arla Foods, Premier Foods and Findus.
A Food Technologist with 30 years of experience in the food manufacturing industry Voon has worked in senior Technical Roles at companies such as RHM and Premier Foods. Voon has extensive expertise in new product development, process & packaging development, food safety, quality assurance, and factory auditing to BRC Standards. Voon is experienced in a wide range of food products covering ambient, chilled and frozen categories under both branded and customer labels.