Industry voices surprise over Young’s CEO departure –

Industry voices surprise over Young’s CEO departure Published:  04 March, 2014

THE sudden departure of Leendert den Hollander as chief executive of Young’s Seafood yesterday has surprised many people within the industry, especially as the business was thought to be doing well.

Britain’s largest seafood business issued a short statement saying that den Hollander had accepted a new leadership role with another firm outside the seafood industry, without naming the new business, which in itself is unusual.

His resignation also follows a number of middle management departures within Young’s and the arrival of new people in recent weeks.

Mr den Hollander joined the parent Findus Group as chief marketing manager in 2009, moving to Young’s a year later, becoming chief executive in 2011.

He said last night: ‘In February 2011, the company brought together Young’s and The Seafood Company to create Young’s Seafood Limited.

‘Three years on, I am incredibly proud of the progress that we have achieved together. The people, the passion for fish and a relentless focus on continuous improvement make Young’s a very special place.

‘I would like to personally thank all of the people at Young’s and thank our customers and suppliers for their trust and support.

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Young’s and I know that the Company will continue to build on its strong foundations to deliver future growth in close partnership with its customers.’

It looks as if Mr den Hollander’s position will not be replaced at least in the short term. The company said James Hill, presently CEO of the parent Findus Group, will take on the role of CEO of Young’s Seafood alongside his Group role.

The principle responsibilities of the executive team will remain unchanged. Young’s chilled businesses will continue to be led by Pete Ward (Deputy CEO) and Young’s frozen business will continue to be led by Wayne Hudson (MD Frozen). 

James Hill said: ‘Leendert joined Young’s in 2010 and has been instrumental in the development of the business since he became CEO of the Company in February 2011.

‘I would like to thank Leendert for all of his contributions to the broader Findus Group and acknowledge that he is leaving the UK business with a legacy of stability and strong and positive results. I wish him well in his future career.’

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