Patties appoints new Chairman

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 7th July 2009

Patties Foods, the maker of the iconic Australian Four’N Twenty meat pie, has selected their new Chairman – eight months after the resignation of Peter Kempen as “unforseen delays” slowed down the process.

Mr Chris Riordan will assume the role, bringing with him his board experience from the FMCG food sector – having been Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of SPC Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Golden Circle Ltd.

Acting Chairman, Ernest Barr, said Mr Riordan’s previous board contributions in achieving transformational growth within the food sector made him an outstanding candidate.

“Mr Riordan meets all our criteria,” he explained. “He brings independence, strong commercial skills, a good understanding of food brands and a wealth of board experience in both public and private companies. His combined 15 years’ experience in overseeing the successful growth of the SPC and Golden Circle businesses will prove an invaluable asset for Patties Foods Ltd.”

Mr Riordan, the current Chairman of Radio Rentals and advertising agency Wilson Everard as well as being on the Advisory Board of Escor Pty Ltd (a Smorgon family company), said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

“Patties Foods Ltd is an exciting Australian owned company with great potential. It is one of Australia’s leading branded frozen food companies with a stable of outstanding brands,” he noted. “I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and management to drive the growth of the business and maximise returns for shareholders.”

Mr Riordan will take up the Chairmanship immediately.