By GARETH McKEOWN
THE former head of the Northern Ireland’s biggest private sector employer has taken up a directorship role at leading County Down food manufacturer Mash Direct.
Janet McCollum, who served for over four years as chief executive officer at poultry producer Moy Park, is now serving as a non-executive director at the Comber-based company.
Ms McCollum joined Moy Park in 1993 and served in various senior roles, including finance director, before taking on the top job in January 2014.
In May last year the US owners of Moy Park, Pilgrims Pride, named Chris Kirke as the new head of the business in place of Ms McCollum, who left the company.
Announcing the appointment, president and CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride Bill Lovette paid tribute to Ms McCollum for her years of “dedicated service and commitment”.
“Janet was instrumental in establishing Moy Park as an unquestioned leader in the food industry in the UK,” he said.
“She has accomplished a lot and we are grateful for her more than 25 years of dedicated service and commitment to Moy Park.”
In addition to her new position at Mash Direct, Ms McCollum also serves as a non-executive director at dairy processor Glanbia Ireland, a position she has held since May 2018.
Founded in Moygashel in 1943, Moy Park has grown into one of the UK’s top 10 food companies, Northern Ireland’s largest private sector business and one of Europe’s leading poultry producers.
n Mash Direct was launched by Martin and Tracy Hamilton and their sons Lance and Jack in 2004 at their family farm in Comber. It grows and produces more than 40 convenient ‘field to fork’ vegetable and potato dishes which are sold in major supermarkets including Henderson’s, Musgrave, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and independents.