BFP appoints Bill Thurston as chief executive

BFP Wholesale Limited, the UK?s leading national wholesaler of bakery ingredients, has appointed Bill Thurston as chief executive.

Bill Thurston has over three decades of experience in the manufacturing and distribution sectors with a strong track record in achieving strategic business growth, margin and customer service improvement in mature and developing markets.

He joins BFP from the Alshaya Group, where he was vice president of the food division.

Previously he was chief executive of Langmead Farms, a salad and vegetable producing company, and managing director of Vion Food Group?s International Division for Fresh Meat with responsibility for the UK, Middle East, India and the Far East.

In the bakery ingredients sector Thurston has held senior positions at international manufacturing and distributing firms Dawn Foods and CSM Bakery Supplies.

David Burresi said: ?Bill is an exceptional leader with an extensive track record and we are delighted to welcome him to BFP.

?His experience will be invaluable to the successful implementation of our investment plan that sees the introduction of new people, processes and technology.?

Bill Thurston, chief executive of BFP, added: ?It is an exciting time to be joining BFP under the ownership of ZIMT.? We have significant plans for the growth of the business and to further build on the relationships with both new and existing customers.?

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