United Biscuits (UB) chief executive Martin Glenn is stepping down from the post in early April. 

He will be replaced by Jeff van der Eems, who is currently chief exective of UB’s international business, on 3 April.

Glenn will join the English Football Association as chief executive. The lifelong football fan said: “This has been a difficult decision, as I have had a hugely enjoyable – if challenging - time at UB.

"I am very sad to be leaving the business, but the opportunity with the FA is just too good to pass up, as I am sure many people understand!”

Since being in charge of the international business, van der Eems has expanded UB into international markets by extending its portfolio from zero to four factories. He has been with UB for more than a decade and has held several senior roles including chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

He said: “I am thrilled to be taking over as CEO of UB from Martin,” commented van der Eems. “The business is in a strong position to continue to grow both at home and abroad, especially with the support now provided by Yıldız Holding.

"I would like to thank Martin for all his efforts during his time at UB. We will continue to build on UB’s strong foundations and spearhead the business for long-term sustainable growth.”
Martin Glenn will stay on as advisor to the UB Board of Directors.

UB was sold in November to international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding, which owns the Godiva chocolatier business. It was said that UB would continue to run in its own right.