2 Sisters Food Group has promoted Craig Tomkinson to the role of group chief financial officer, effective July 1.

He has been appointed to succeed Richard Pike, who has decided to leave the company to pursue opportunities outside the group following internal changes to the finance function.

Tomkinson is being promoted to the group chief financial officer role, after having served as the company’s finance director for U.K. and Ireland. Pike will work closely with Tomkinson to ensure a smooth transition.

Tompkinson rejoined the U.K.-based 2 Sisters Food Group in April 2018, having spent six years with the business between 2010 and 2016, during which time he played a major role in the GBP346 million (US$458 million) acquisition of Northern Foods in 2011 and the GBP80 million (US$106 million) acquisition of the U.K. arm of Vion Foods in 2013.

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Tomkinson said: “I’m delighted to be appointed CFO and relish the opportunity to support our new CEO Ronald Kers in developing 2 Sisters into the best everywhere we operate.  It’s been a privilege to have worked so closely with Ranjit (Boparan, former 2 Sisters CEO and current president of Boparan Holdings Limited) and be part of the 2 Sisters growth story to date, and I look forward to this exciting new chapter.”

Kers’ appointment as group CEO of 2 Sisters Food Group was announced in May.

Regarding his resignation and Tomkinson’s appointment, Pike said: “I am pleased to have been able to play an instrumental role in the Group’s change journey over the last 12 months. Whilst I believe we are now heading in the right direction, I feel that now is an appropriate time for me to pursue other opportunities. I would like to take the opportunity to wish Ranjit and the whole organization all the very best with the positive change journey ahead.”