YOUNG’S Seafood has made changes to its leadership structures to drive innovation and efficiency through an initiative called Virtual Integration.
Scott Johnston has been brought into the operating board as technical director, taking responsibility for all aspects of Young’s technical standards and food quality agenda.
A current member of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) technical experts group, Johnston has been with Young’s since 2005 and has undertaken a number of senior technical leadership roles across the company.
He has worked in the food industry for 20 years, in manufacturing chilled and frozen, branded and private label ready to eat and ready to cook products, and prior to joining Young’s he worked for Geest.
Mike Mitchell will continue as a professional advisor to Young’s.
Meanwhile, the company has also expanded the role of current operating board member Stuart Caborn, who has become chief supply chain and procurement officer, having served on the board as purchasing director.
He will take board level responsibility for the application of the company’s Virtual Integration agenda.
This new philosophy encourages the business and its key suppliers to work together to progress innovation and efficiency ideas that allow all parties to gain a competitive advantage within their markets, said the company.
Virtual Integration has already led to a number of successes, said Young’s, and the business is now eager to extend the application, discipline and benefits further.
Pete Ward, chief executive of Young’s, said: ‘Scott’s technical knowledge, experience and reputation are respected by internal and external stakeholders alike and Stuart’s work to drive our Virtual Integration strategy is outstanding.
‘Their expertise is sector leading and I strongly believe that these appointments will help to drive our business strategy and our mission of inspiring people to love fish now and for generations to come.’