Greencore makes Williams CFO

IRISH food group Greencore has named Alan Williams as its new chief financial officer.

The 41-year-old will serve as executive director and chief financial officer from 7 March, replacing Geoff Doherty who left the position last year.

Williams moves from the Cadbury Group where he was the global corporate finance director.

He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Greencore has said it is still considering its options with regard to a merger with Northern Foods and Williams will be a key player if those negotiations progress. He joined Cadbury after leaving Manchester university in 1992, where he studied French, and worked in a number of different roles – latterly as the global corporate finance director. In this position Alan reported directly to the group chief financial officer and led a team of 120 worldwide.

He was responsible for leading the central finance functions within the group including tax, treasury, corporate reporting, performance management, global IT and global supply chain finance.

He was widely touted as the likely chief financial officer successor to Andrew Bonfield prior to the Kraft takeover, and was offered the role of finance director for Kraft’s European business in Switzerland, which he declined.