Greggs unveils Roger Whiteside as its new chief executive

GREGGS has unveiled Roger Whiteside as its new chief executive to take over from Ken McMeikan.

Newcastle bakery Greggs

GREGGS has unveiled Roger Whiteside as its new chief executive to take over from Ken McMeikan.

Mr Whiteside, who has been a Greggs’ non-executive director since 2008, is currently chief executive of Punch Taverns.

He will take up the reins on February 4 and after a hand over period, Mr McMeikan will leave for his new job with caterer Brakes on March 8.

Derek Netherton, Greggs chairman, said: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Roger as chief executive.

“Not only has he got considerable management experience in retailing and food but also, as a Non Executive Director of Greggs during a period of significant change, he has been involved in developing the strategy.

“He is very well respected within the company and his appointment will enable a smooth transition in what is still a challenging consumer environment."

He also thanked Mr McMeikan for his leadership of the Newcastle-based business since 2008.

Mr Whiteside said: “I joined the Greggs Board in 2008 and I have been impressed with the team, which I have got to know well.

“I look forward to working with them to further develop our strategy.  Greggs is a great business with an iconic brand that has strengthened considerably over the past few years. I believe we have a great future.”

 

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