Warburtons appoints Samworth Brothers director as new MD


Warburtons has appointed Samworth Brothers director, Mary-Ann Kilby as its new managing director.

Having first joined the baking firm as a non-executive director in 2022, Kilby it to take on her new role at Warburtons in September, according to reporting by The Grocer.

Currently the senior commercial director of British food manufaturer, Samworth Brothers, she has been a group executive board director since 2018.

Kilby first joined the company in 2002 and has taken on various roles including sales director and managing director at the businesses subsidiaries, Melton Foods and Saladworks.

At Warburtons, Kilby will be taking over the managing director position from chairman Jonathan Warburton, who stepped into the role after former MD, Neil Campbell left the business after nine years last September.

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“I have known Mary-Ann for many years and am delighted to welcome her into her new role at Warburtons,” Warburton told The Grocer.

“The last few years have been challenging for all in the industry, but as we look ahead, we remain focused on continuing to invest in innovation, quality and our people.

“I am certain, that with her vast experience, common values and leadership qualities Mary-Ann will continue to drive the long-term growth of our business.”

Kilby added: “Warburtons is a great British brand which has a real focus on investing in long term growth, and which places great importance not only on making the highest quality products but on its partnership approach in working with its customers.

“The family values and culture of the business make Warburtons unique and special. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the people in the 28 sites across the country.”



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