Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters Food Group

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, protein, effective from 4 April 2016. 

Fletcher will have management responsibility for the group’s operations across its UK manufacturing sites and will report directly to 2 Sisters’ ceo Ranjit Singh. 

Fletcher spent more than 30 years at Morrisons. Joining in 1985, he became purchasing director in 1995 and production director in 2002, responsible for the food manufacturing operation, before being appointed as group manufacturing director in 2007.

He was one of many senior managers to leave Morrisons in March last year, shortly after David Potts took over from Dalton Philips as ceo. Gary Mills subsequently took over his role.

He joined Morrisons’ management board in October 2010 and was responsible for the retailer’s vertically integrated food manufacturing model, acting as ceo for the company’s 10 manufacturing subsidiaries. 

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Martyn’s calibre and expertise to 2 Sisters Food Group,” said Singh. “Martyn was instrumental in the implementation of Morrisons’ vertically integrated supply chain and has driven a number of successful productivity initiatives.”

He added that Fletcher had a strong track record in delivering change and innovation, which he stressed would be important as 2 Sisters aligned its poultry business with the needs of its customers.

Fletcher said he had spent many years working with Singh and 2 Sisters and had always had a high opinion of the business. He particularly admired “the scale of ambition and the group’s ability to adapt quickly and respond to change and opportunities”.

“It is great to be joining at what is a very exciting time for the business and I look forward to working with a strong group of colleagues as we continue to drive the business forward,” he said.

2 Sisters describes the protein division as the anchor of its business. At the end of 2015, the group launched a £150m, three-year investment programme in that division to create a world-class and industry-leading estate for poultry manufacturing. 

On 16 March 2016, 2 Sisters reported an increase in like-for-like sales to £800.1m and profit before tax of £20.3m for the second quarter of its financial year. A full copy of the announcement can be accessed on the group’s Investor Relations section of its corporate website.

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