pladis appoints David Murray as new UK managing director

Global snacks group pladis has confirmed David Murray as managing director for the company’s UK & Ireland operations.

He will report to chief executive Officer, Salman Amin, from this month and his key responsibilities will include direct oversight for British manufacturing operations, research and development, as well as sales and marketing, and financial segments. In addition, he will also join the firm’s leadership team.

Among its portfolio, pladis is a distributor for luxury chocolate brand GODIVA, as well as brands including McVities, Ulker, Jacob’s, go ahead!, Carr’s, Flipz and BN.

“Murray’s proven track record delivering high impact operational excellence and growth across various geographies and categories will be an invaluable asset as we continue our strategic transformation at pladis,” said Salman Amin, CEO. His strong drive for results, passion for building high performing teams and personal energy shine through his powerful and unique leadership style. I look forward to welcoming David to the pladis family.”

He has over 25 years of leadership experience in branded consumer products spanning a broad range of general management and functional roles. He spent much of his career at PepsiCo working across a variety of market geographies and business disciplines.

Most recently, he served as SVP & General Manager for PepsiCo’s Global Concentrate division, with operations in 11 countries employing over 1,800 employees servicing PepsiCo’s worldwide beverage operation.

He previously held a variety of positions for PepsiCo Europe, including Nutrition Category General Manager, Western Europe and Business Unit General Manager for Tropicana & Quaker in the UK.

Commenting on his appointment, Murray said: “I am excited to be joining the team at pladis at this pivotal time. The company’s portfolio of beloved brands is unequaled and its purpose-driven mission of promising ‘happiness with every bite’ is personally compelling. The opportunity to work alongside such a respected team and build an even stronger future is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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