Devon based food supplier Paramount 21 has appointed Josh Hannaford as its new chairman of the board of directors as the company celebrates 35 years in business.
Hannaford started working for the company 15 years ago as a buyer and was promoted to purchasing director in 2014. During his time as a director, Josh has been at the forefront of Paramount’s environmental and sustainability agenda, from encouraging the use of sustainably sourced seafood across the range to the removal of black plastic from the business.
He has also championed Paramount becoming an accredited Living Wage Foundation employer, the voluntary wage rate designed to go further than the government minimum to meet the true cost of living.
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Josh takes the reins from the previous chairman and founder of Paramount, Ali Hannaford, who started the business from scratch in 1988. Commenting on her retirement, Ali noted: “I am positive that Josh will ensure Paramount is well positioned to continue to grow in this fast-paced and challenging world.”
Josh added: “I’m honoured to take on the role of Chairman of Paramount. We have a great team here who really care about making great food! I want to say a big thank you to Ali for all her guidance and support, and I am excited to help shape the direction of our business for the future, continuing to build upon Paramount’s already strong foundations.”