Scarborough-based McCain Foods boss Nick Vermont will be retiring in September after 35 years with the company.
Howard Snape will replace Mr Vermont as Regional President, McCain Foods GB and Ireland.
Mr Vermont retires on September 12. He began his career at McCain in Scarborough in 1983, and worked across the company’s marketing departments in both the UK and Canada, before being appointed the Managing Director of McCain Foods (GB) Ltd in 1998.
In 2004, he took on the role of Regional President. He steps down having secured a major upgrade of the McCain facilities in Scarborough, following the announcement to invest over £100m renovating the plant last year, and ensure its operations in GB for generations to come.
He said: “I’ve seen the brand grow from strength to strength in this time – maintaining its position as the number one frozen potato brand in the UK.
“I’m very grateful for the guidance of Harrison and Wallace McCain, and of course Mac McCarthy over the years, and wish Howard all the best as he takes on the baton. I look forward to watching the business flourish for many years to come.
“Although I’ve worked across the UK and globally, I started my McCain career in Scarborough, and returned to work here over 20 years ago. I know that I can speak on behalf of the global company when I say that we’re very proud to have our GB head office in this town. It’s a great place to live, work and do business in, and we’re lucky to have hundreds of talented
employees from the area.”
McCain is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the UK. McCain Foods originated in Florenceville, Canada, in 1957, and the first plant opened outside of Canada was in Scarborough, in 1969.
Mr Snape said: “I’m thrilled to take on this new role, especially at such an exciting time for the GB and Ireland business. With a passion for continuous improvement and growth, Nick has left a great legacy for me to build on.
“I’d like to wish Nick the very best in his retirement and I look forward to leading and shaping the business as it enters its next 50 years.”
He has has worked at McCain for 25 years, with significant leadership experience, and has worked in over 25 countries.