Fox’s biscuits managing director Colin Smith is leaving the business to become chief executive of salad producer Natures Way Foods.

Smith, who will take up the new role on 16 April next year, has been managing director of Fox’s since March 2013. Before that, he held roles including commercial director at Müller UK, and sales director at InBev and Bulmers.

Fox’s biscuits owner 2 Sisters Food Group said Smith had made a major contribution to the development of the Fox’s biscuits brand.

“The business would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him every success with his new role. Until a successor has been appointed, it’s very much business as usual,” added a spokesman.

Sussex-based Natures Way produces bagged salad, salad bowls and a range of food-to-go lines.

“I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Colin Smith as the new CEO,” said Natures Way Foods chairman David Williams.

“Colin joins the business at a time of significant further investment in Natures Way Foods. We very much look forward to welcoming him to the business and wish him every success for the future.”