Western Australian family-owned food company Mrs Mac’s has appointed industry veteran Jonathan Moss as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Moss will begin as CEO on 1 February and is replacing outgoing CEO Paul Slaughter who is departing Mrs Mac’s after six years to take on a role with WA agricultural investment company Harvest Road.

Moss brings more than three decades of experience in the FMCG industry – most recently as Group CEO for leading Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands beverages business Frucor Suntory Oceania.

His appointment follows a comprehensive national and international recruitment process, and will see him take on responsibility for continuing to build on the company’s market share and growth trajectory.

Mrs Mac’s Chair Peter Fallon praised Slaughter for his achievements as CEO, and says that Moss is taking over at a very exciting time.

“During Paul’s time at the helm of the company, Mrs Mac’s has transformed into a more financially strong, customer-focused and sustainable business and ensured we are positioned for growth,” said Fallon.

“We are incredibly proud of our WA heritage and ambitious for our future across all of Australia and New Zealand, and we’re delighted to have secured a leader of the calibre of Jonathan to take over the role of CEO at such an exciting time for the company.

“He brings to Mrs Mac’s deep sales, marketing and commercial experience built over the course of a global consumer industry career spanning more than 30 years – with more than half of that at CEO level – and will ensure we are best placed to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mrs Mac’s has undertaken an extensive capital program in recent years, including significant factory upgrades to further enhance stringent product safety and quality processes and the introduction of next level automation to the company’s Morley factory.

The company also secured the prestigious sponsorship of Perth’s landmark Optus Stadium, with the New Zealand arm of the business signing up to a sponsorship of the country’s biggest sports stadium, Eden Park.

Moss said he looked forward to continuing to build on that success.

“Mrs Mac’s has a long and proud history of delivering shareholder value while continuing to adapt its operations and its products to changing markets,” he said.

“With a strong culture and a focus on constant improvement and innovation, it is perfectly positioned to continue its development into one of Australia and New Zealand’s great food companies.

“I look forward to working with our team, consumers and customers as we continue that journey.”

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