6 July 2021
Bakkavor Group plc (the 'Company' or 'Bakkavor')
Bakkavor announces the appointment of Sanjeevan Bala, who will join the Board of Bakkavor on 1 August 2021 as an Independent Non-executive Director and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Sanjeevan is a highly experienced multi award-winning data and analytics professional with a proven track record of driving customer-centric business transformations through the strategic use of data resulting in EBIT and revenue growth. Sanjeevan has successfully operated across a range of sectors including media, retail, financial services, e-commerce and telecoms. He brings expertise in digital transformation, data and AI (both the science and development of new operating models and organisational structure to leverage the value of data), innovation and culture.
Sanjeevan has had exposure to the food and beverage sector through his time consulting with PwC to Bestfoods, and through his time with Dunnhumby working with Tesco. He is currently the Group Chief Data & AI Officer at ITV plc and a Non-executive Director at Scholars' Education Trust.
Simon Burke, Chairman, said: "I am delighted to welcome Sanjeevan to the Board. His particular skills and experience will be of significant benefit to us as we assess the many new channel developments in food supply and consumption. I very much look forward to working with him."
Sanjeevan Bala said: "As a passionate believer in the impact of food to individuals, society and the planet, it is a great honour for me to join Bakkavor Group plc. I look forward to supporting the Board and leadership team in navigating through the fourth industrial revolution."
This disclosure is given in accordance with LR 9.6.11 R of the Listing Rules. There is no further information to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.
Institutional investors and analysts:
Emily Daw, Head of Investor Relations +44 (0) 20 7908 6114
Annabel Tagoe-Bannerman, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary +44 (0) 208 908 6130
Rachel Farrington, MHP Communications +44 (0) 20 3128 8613
Katie Hunt, MHP Communications +44 (0) 20 3743 8794
Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food ("FPF") in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. The Group is the number one by market share in the UK in the four FPF product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Its customers include some of the UK's leading grocery retailers, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. The Group's International segment operates in the US and China. Bakkavor was founded in 1986 and has its headquarters in London. The Group has over 19,000 employees and operates 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.
LEI number: 213800COL7AD54YU9949