Chris Barnes has joined pathogen control specialist Anitox as global head of supply chain and procurement.

The appointment is the first of several new roles that the company expects to create and fill over the next few months, as it seeks to expand into new markets, launch new products and consolidate its leading position.

"In seeking a new challenge, Anitox provided exactly what I was after," Barnes said. "The recent rebranding process has kick-started a round of exciting new global business opportunities, all of which show huge potential."

Barnes says that with Anitox looking to double in size over the next three years, the supply chain role will become hugely significant.

"Companies can overlook links in their supply chain, while blaming faults on suppliers. If Anitox is to build a reputation on service and commitment to quality, that's just not acceptable. Unforeseen circumstances can always interfere with supply chains, but forward thinking and the correct contingency plans can minimize the impact."

"I am delighted to welcome Chris to the Anitox team," says Roger Mann, chief operating officer for Anitox. "His appointment is crucial for us as we capitalize on new opportunities and look to expand our business. To do that effectively, it is imperative that we build a more resilient supply chain to maintain our high standards of customer service."

A graduate of Exeter University, Barnes had a brief spell as a lawyer before changing his career path by joining Unigate's graduate program. Employment with Wincanton, Bookers and 3663 followed, before his latest role handling logistics and supply chain sustainability at AB Agri.