Belfast Telegraph

Moy Park replaces chief executive after US takeover

Moy Park in Dungannon
Moy Park in Dungannon

By John Mulgrew

Northern Ireland poultry giant Moy Park has replaced its chief executive Janet McCollum just months after its takeover by a US firm.

Chris Kirke is taking over as president of the Craigavon-based business, which employs almost 6,300 workers in Northern Ireland.

He’s taken over from Ms McCollum, who has headed the business since 2014.

Bill Lovette, president and chief executive of Pilgrim’s Pride, said: “The Pilgrim’s team is excited to have Chris join us on our journey to realize our vision of becoming the best and most respected company in our industry.

“His proven track record of delivering results for customers, and driving profitability in the UK and the US, will uniquely position the Pilgrim’s European business platform for its next chapter of accelerated growth and innovation.”

“Janet was instrumental in establishing Moy Park as an unquestioned leader in the food industry in the UK.

“She has accomplished a lot and we are grateful for her more than 25 years of dedicated service and commitment to Moy Park.

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“As she hands the reins over to Chris, I want to wish Janet the very best in her next endeavour.”

The company also announced the appointment of Flavio Malnarcic, former Executive Business Director at Moy Park, as chief financial officer.

Moy Park works with over 800 poultry farmers in the UK and processes six million fresh chickens each week.

Although best known for poultry, Moy Park is a major European producer of beef products, vegetarian products such as spring rolls and onion rings, as well as desserts including donuts and apple pies — a full range from starters and main courses to desserts.

Last year, Ms McCollum received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank.

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