United Biscuits (UB) has appointed Frank Meysman as non-executive chairman of the group as of today (21 October 2014). 

Meysman will succeed David Fish who is retiring. Meysman is currently non-executive chairman of FTSE-250 listed Thomas Cook and the Belgian company Betafence NV, owned by CVC Capital Partners and De Gilde. He has more than 25 years’ experience of working with major global consumer goods businesses. He spent the last six years on the board at Sara Lee.

Martin Glenn, chief executive of UB, said: “I am delighted to welcome Frank to the business. Given we are considering the next stage of our future, someone with Frank’s experience, who understands both packaged goods and operating in a public market environment, will bring invaluable experience to support the group.

“I would also like to thank David Fish, who is retiring as chairman, for his great contribution to the business for more than a decade and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Meysman added: “United Biscuits is a fantastic business, with great heritage and iconic brands, and strong foundations for further growth. This is a very exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues as we deliver the next phase of the group’s global growth potential.

“This new position is complementary to my continued commitment as chair of Thomas Cook, whose transformation continues to deliver results.”