UK dairy co-operative Omsco has announced the appointment of Arla Foods’ executive David Williams to the newly-created role of CEO.
Williams – who is the current global head of finance, members, milk and trading at Arla Foods – will take up the role as Omsco CEO at the start of April.
Williams has over 25 years of experience working in the dairy industry including several board and senior executive posts in major UK and European farmer-owned dairy co-operatives.
Prior to joining Arla Foods, Williams held the role of corporate finance and strategy director at Milk Link for seven years, where he supported the UK dairy co-operative’s transition into a progressive farmer-owned dairy processing business.
Neil Kennedy, chairman of Omsco, said: “I am delighted to announce David’s appointment as chief executive of Omsco. He has proven leadership skills which are complemented by his having a deep knowledge of the dairy industry and a significant track record of working with leading farmer-owned dairy businesses.
“I believe the combination of both his dairy industry and co-operative experience makes David ideally positioned to lead the business as we enter the next phase in our growth and development.”
As Omsco’s new CEO, Williams will oversee and drive forward the development of the company’s value-added strategy based on investing in processing, products and brands.
Commenting on his appointment, Williams said: “Omsco has clearly made good progress in moving from simply being a broker of organic milk to establishing a strategic presence in value-added processing and more premium markets, both in the UK and overseas.
“The challenge now is to build upon these strong foundations and create evermore valuable and sustainable outlets for our members’ organic milk – a challenge I’m incredibly excited to take on.”
Following the new CEO appointment, Omsco’s current managing director Richard Hampton will focus on commercial and business development.
Omsco is currently owned by over 200 members nationwide, produces over 50% of the UK’s organic milk and has a global market for its dairy products and ingredients.
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