IGD names Arla MD as new chair of board of trustees


Arla Foods UK managing director, Ash Amirahmadi, is set to become chair of the Institute of Grocery Distribution’s (IGD) board of trustees in March, taking over from Jill Ross, chief executive of Avidity.

Amirahmadi has been managing director of Arla Foods UK since 2018 and currently serves as chair of the board of Dairy UK.

He joined Arla over 15 years ago, working in various roles across its commercial, sales and marketing teams.

Since becoming managing director, the dairy company has continued to grow and is now Britains leading dairy company.

IGD’s board of trustees comprises 13 senior directors from companies spanning the grocery industry and is currently led by chair Jill Ross, whose four-year tenure will come to an end in March.

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“I’d like to thank Jill for the commitment, passion and expertise she has shown during her time as Chair.“I’m also delighted to welcome Ash as our new Chair,” IGD’s chief executive Susan Barratt added.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the industry, which will be hugely valuable as we continue to unite and inspire the food and consumer goods industry and mobilise it as a force for good.”

Ash Amirahmadi added: “I am proud to be given the opportunity to chair a trusted and respected organisation.

“The IGD plays such an important role in developing commercial insights and connecting organisations, all of which help shape the future of the food and consumer goods industry.

“I especially look forward to supporting Susan and the Board of Trustees as we navigate the key challenges and opportunities that face our industry.”

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