Boparan Holdings Ltd, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has strengthened its board with the appointment of Alex Russo as a non-executive director.

Russo, according to a press release from Boparan Holdings, is an experienced retail executive having worked for 25 years across the U.K., Europe, Asia and America, covering listed multi-national, private equity and privately-owned companies.

Most recently the executive director and chief financial officer at Wilko, he was previously senior vice-president of Walmart, serving as U.K. CFO for Asda for five years until 2018. Prior to this, he held senior leadership roles at Tesco and Kingfisher plc, both in the U.K, and internationally.

Lord Allen of Kensington Kt CBE, chairman of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “Alex’s appointment provides additional expertise to support the group’s growth plans. I am delighted that we have secured his services.

“He is an accomplished executive with a great track record in retail and consumer-oriented businesses. He offers deep experience of the world in which our business operates, and I am sure he will make a valuable contribution during his time with us.”

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His appointment was effective May 10, and he will serve as a non-executive director and will chair the audit committee.

Ranjit Singh, president of Boparan Holdings Ltd, added: “I am delighted Alex has decided to join the business.  He brings a wealth of experience and his expertise will be invaluable as we continue to build a better business.”

Russo said: “I am very pleased to be joining the board of a fast-moving, entrepreneurial business. The food sector is a dynamic environment with many challenges, and I look forward helping the Boparan board on its growth journey.”

2 Sisters Food Group, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is one of Britain’s largest food producers and one of the 10 largest privately held companies in the U.K. It supplies about one third of all poultry products consumed in the U.K.