Young’s Seafood announces major changes to its commercial and procurement activities

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New CEO Simon Smith says he ready to build the next chapter of Young’s story.

In a press release on Wednesday, Young’s Seafood – of the UK’s largest seafood companies – has announced changes to its commercial and procurement activities, aligning them with a number of customer-facing business units. The newly aligned business units will take effect from 2nd December.

Frank Green, Managing Director, will head up the new Chilled business unit, leading Chilled commercial activities and take executive accountability for seafood procurement. Yvonne Adam, Managing Director, will head up the new Frozen business unit, leading Frozen commercial activities and will also take executive accountability for leading the business’s foodservice and international categories.

Karro Food Group – which has been owned by CapVest since March 2017 – bought the Grimsby-based business early in July.

Ready to build
New CEO Simon Smith and former Seachill boss said: “Having recently joined Young’s Seafood, I have been impressed with the immense passion and talent amongst our people. This is clearly a team looking for success and ready to build the next chapter of our story.

“The wider business environment has altered significantly over the past five years and we must evolve accordingly. I am ambitious and enthusiastic about the potential of our company to lead in every category in which we operate, keeping Young’s as the preferred choice for customers and consumers and as the best seafood business in the UK.

“These improvements will enable us to maximise our strengths by focusing our commercial activities with our core categories and also simplify our structure and decision-making processes.”

Meanwhile, Brian McMonagle has been appointed to head up the Young’s Waitrose business. Brian has held a number of senior leadership roles across the food industry and joins from Finnebrogue Artisan where he was managing director. Young’s Livingstone site will continue to be dedicated to Waitrose.

McMonagle will replace Phil Nickells who has chosen to leave the business. Phil has worked for Young’s for 30 years and for the past four years has led Young’s Waitrose business in Livingston. Chief Procurement Officer Stuart Caborn has also taken the decision to leave the business to pursue other opportunities.

Simon added: “Stuart and Phil have given a total of 40 years’ service to Young’s and I would like to place on record our thanks to both of them for their dedication and significant contributions to the business over that time. We wish them both the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming Brian into the business.”


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