Dairy company First Milk has announced changes to its board as part of moves to support its new strategy and direction. Brian Mackie, who joined First Milk as a non-executive director in June this year, has joined the co-operative’s management team as chief operating officer. This follows the departure of Gerry Sweeney from the post of finance director.
Mr Mackie has served as chief financial officer at food and drinks businesses including Maxxium Worldwide and Starbev/Molson Coors, with a range of finance, IT and human resources responsibilities. Mike Gallacher, First Milk CEO, says: “Brian has proved an outstanding addition to the First Milk Board over the last few months and we have been working very closely together on delivering the turnaround plan for the company. He has significant and broad business experience, strong leadership and high energy levels, so I am delighted that he has agreed to step into this key executive role.
“In his new role Brian will lead the finance, legal and HR functions and also drive our corporate development agenda. In his new role, he will continue to sit on the First Milk Board and an announcement regarding succession into his Non Executive role will follow.”
First Milk has also appointed Carl Ravenhall to the board as a non-executive director. In a long career in the dairy sector, Mr Ravenhall has held a number of senior executive roles, including managing director of Milk Link’s cheese business and managing director at Muller Wiseman Dairies.
Mr Gallacher comments: “Carl brings extensive dairy sector experience, particularly around our core businesses of cheese and liquid brokerage. He will be a great addition to the board and his strong dairy experience complements the new FM team.”