The UK’s largest feed manufacturer, ForFarmers, has appointed Steven Read as chief operating officer (COO) for the UK business from January 1st 2018.

 Steven Read

Steven Read

He succeeds Iain Gardner, COO at ForFarmers UK and a member of the Group Executive Committee for the Netherlands-based co-operative, who is retiring after 29 years with the company.

Mr Read, who has worked at the business for 31 years, is also a member of the executive committee. He assumed his current Lochem HQ-based role of supply chain director in June 2016, with responsibility for purchasing, formulation, and manufacturing & logistics.

“Steven is the natural and logical person to be appointed COO of ForFarmers UK, given his broad experience and successful implementation of changes in the ForFarmers organisation,” says group chief executive Yoram Knoop, “and the fact that he has previously been part of the UK senior management team for many years.”

Mr Gardner has led ForFarmers UK since the Dutch group acquired BOCM Pauls in July 2012, when he first joined the group executive committee. At the time of the acquisition the agreement was made that Iain Gardner would step down at an appropriate time. The UK arm has now been rebranded under ForFarmers colours with a new central administrative office and HQ opened near Bury St Edmunds in June.

“’Iain Gardner has been instrumental in leading the organisation to become the leading feed company in the United Kingdom,” notes Mr Knoop. “In the past four years, he has implemented the Horizon 2020 strategy, integrated several acquisitions and laid the foundations of many transformational projects to prepare the organisation for future challenges. We thank him for his commitment and contribution.”

 Iain Gardner and Yoram Knoop at the opening of the new UK HQ offices 

Iain Gardner and Yoram Knoop at the opening of the new UK HQ offices