pladis appoints David Murray as Managing Director for UK & Ireland

David will lead pladis UK&I’s 4,600 colleagues, seven manufacturing sites and best-loved brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s, Carr’s and go ahead! 

pladis, one of the world’s leading snacking companies announced today that David Murray has been appointed as Managing Director for the UK & Ireland. David will report to Chief Executive Officer, Salman Amin, effective 1 October. His accountabilities will include leading the UK & Ireland executive team with direct oversight for UK&I manufacturing operations, research & development, sales and marketing, and responsibility for the region’s financials. He will also serve as a member of the CEO’s pladis leadership team.

“David‘s proven track record delivering high impact operational excellence and growth across various geographies and categories will be an invaluable asset as we continue our strategic transformation at pladis,” said Salman Amin, CEO. His strong drive for results, passion for building high performing teams and personal energy shine through his powerful and unique leadership style. I look forward to welcoming David to the pladis family.”

David has over 25 years of leadership experience in branded consumer products spanning a broad range of general management and functional roles. He spent much of his career at PepsiCo working across a variety of market geographies and business disciplines. Most recently, he served as SVP & General Manager for PepsiCo’s Global Concentrate division, with operations in 11 countries employing over 1,800 employees servicing PepsiCo’s worldwide beverage operation. He previously held a variety of positions for PepsiCo Europe, including Nutrition Category General Manager, Western Europe and Business Unit General Manager for Tropicana & Quaker in the UK.

David said: “I am excited to be joining the team at pladis at this pivotal  time. The company’s portfolio of beloved brands is unequaled and its purpose-driven mission of promising ‘happiness with every bite’ is personally compelling. The opportunity to work alongside such a respected team and build an even stronger future is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

David will be based in the pladis Hayes office in the UK.