Tim Pollock has been appointed managing director of Zambeef, the $256 million integrated farm to food retailing business that operates across Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria, from January  1st.

This follows the current joint chief executive Carl Irwin’s decision to retire on March 31st 2018 for personal reasons. On that date, Mr Pollock will become joint chief executive of the company alongside Francis Grogan, who co-founded it with Mr Irwin.

Mr Pollock is currently investment director for food & agriculture at the CDC Group, a £3.4 billion London-based government development fund that aims to support businesses throughout Africa and South Asia. As such, he is the CDC representative n the Zambeef board.

He joined the CDC in August 2016 after seven years as director of strategic development for Lallemand Animal Nutrition. Before that as managing director of SCATS he oversaw the merger with Dalgety Grain to form Grainfarmers, now trading as Openfield.

Zambeef chairman Dr Jacob Mwanza comments: “Mr Pollock, who has been a non-executive Director of Zambeef since September 2016, has over 35 years of experience across the food and agribusiness sectors in operational, leadership and strategic roles in businesses operating in both developed and frontier markets. We look forward to his and Francis Grogan’s ongoing contribution to the Group over the coming years.”