Northern Ireland-based poultry processor Moy Park has completed two significant new appointments, intended to strenghten its management team.

Barry McGrane is the company’s new chief financial officer, who joins Moy Park after a 20-year career with United Drug, where he was group finance director and played a key role in the international growth of the Dublin-based FTSE 250 company.

He will be responsible for leading the company’s finance and IS functions – ensuring the continued delivery of high performance and strong growth across the company’s 16 sites in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

“Barry has an outstanding reputation across the business community and a strong track record of delivering results,” said Janet McCollum, chief executive of Moy Park.

“He will bring a high level of expertise in financial management and a wealth of experience in delivering operational excellence on an international stage.”

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Mr McGrane studied at University College Dublin and completed executive development programmes at UCLA California and The Wharton Business School USA. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Moy Park has also appointed a new agriculture development and improvement manager in the form of Justin Coleman. He will play a key strategic role in the delivery of the comppany’s ‘Plan to Grow’ scheme – a new initiative which aims to increase breeder and broiler growing capacity by up to 400 poultry houses in NI over the next 24 months.

He will also be responsible for delivering high standards of welfare and performance across the company’s agriculture supply base in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Mr Coleman previously worked for Finlay’s Horticulture Kenya and has over 15 years of retail supply chain experience.