McMeikan set to leave Brakes

Ken McMeikan is leaving as Brakes CEO

Ken McMeikan, group chief executive of Brakes, is to leave the company next month.

McMeikan joined the company in early 2013 after stepping down as CEO of high-street bakers, Greggs.

Ajoy Karna

His position at the head of Sysco’s European operation will be taken by Ajoy Karna (right) as senior vice president for international foodservice operations – Europe from 17 April.

Parent company Sysco’s chief executive officer Bill DeLaney said: “We appreciate Ken’s leadership and his contribution to the successful transition of Brakes Group since joining with Sysco. Under Ken’s direction, Brakes Group has enjoyed solid progress. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Sysco acquired Brakes from Bain Capital in July 2016. Having led the alignment of Brakes’ finance systems with Sysco’s, will build on his experience gained in European operations to lead the division.

Karna has five years’ experience at Sysco, in leadership roles across finance and strategy. He previously worked with Pepsico where he worked both domestically in the US and internationally.

Latterly, he was senior vice president of finance for Frito Lay and had oversight of the business’s field, customer, foodservice, brand finance and pricing finance teams.

McMeikan will remain at the company for a brief transition period.

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Helena Drakakis is a journalist for betterWholesaling. Liaising with some of the leading suppliers and industry experts, she aims to bring wholesalers the best advice, latest news and inspiration.



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