New MD for Irish arm of Cadbury owner
Mondelez - the owner of Cadbury - has appointed a new managing director for its Irish business just weeks after announcing a round of redundancies, the Irish Independent has learned.
Mondelez insider Louise Stigant is taking on the role. Incumbent Justin Cook is moving to a coffee giant being formed as a result of a planned merger announced last year between Douwe Egberts and the coffee business of Mondelez.
US food giant Kraft acquired Cadbury in 2009 for £11.4bn (€13.3bn at the time), and in 2012 the Mondelez name was created to act as a holding group for the businesses.
Ms Stigant joined Kraft Foods in 1994 and has worked in a range of commercial roles, most recently as UK sales director of independent customers.
Mondelez confirmed the management changes yesterday.
A spokeswoman confirmed that Ms Stigant has been appointed as managing director of the business in Ireland.
"She takes over from Justin Cook, who after two years with Mondelez Ireland is moving to become the managing director of UK and Ireland retail in the intended coffee partnership between Mondelez International and Douwe Egberts," she said.
Mondelez Ireland also said that it has appointed Eoin Kellett as commercial director of the business. He's worked for the group since 2010, most recently as grocery sales director.
Ms Stigant takes over as managing director of Mondelez Ireland just weeks after the company shocked workers with layoffs.
In February, it announced that over 200 jobs would be lost at facilities in Dublin and Kerry.
Mondelez said that the closure of a chewing gum factory in Tallaght next year would result in the loss of 45 full-time jobs and 17 contract roles.
At its chocolate manufacturing plants at Coolock in Dublin, and Rathmore in Co Kerry, the company will axe a total of about 160 jobs.
Mondelez said that it would invest nearly €12m in new chocolate-manufacturing technology in Coolock to concentrate production on core chocolate brands.
From the end of this year, the factory will no longer produce Time Outs or Pink Snack brands.