Steve Dawson – who helped turn around the Bahlsen US business – is to leave his non-executive position on the board of Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF).

Dawson joined the board as an independent non-executive director just under a year ago, when RGF described him as an “experienced specialist in food and beverage brands in the UK and in North America”. He was previously interim CEO of Bahlsen North America, where he stabilised the business and cut operating losses by two-thirds.

RGF appointed Dawson as it looked to turn the business around following a troubled period that included the exit of founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté, a string of profit warnings and concerns over its corporate governance.

Dawson became CEO of the US division of desserts supplier Pots & Co in July, and told RGF that this commitment meant he would have to quit his non-exec role. He will serve on the board until 31 October.

“The board would like to thank Steve for his contribution as a non-executive director over the past 12 months and wish him well with his future endeavours,” stated RGF, adding that the process of finding a replacement was under way.

RGF recently announced its full-year results and revealed plans for the development of its cake decorations division.