Kevin Imrie takes over Branston reins as Ritchie retires

Posted: 08 June 2015
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Kevin Imrie will be the successor to Eric as General Manager for the Scotland site. Kevin has worked at Abernethy since 1990, rising from forklift driver to team leader and subsequently Site Manager in 1999. He has been through the Branston leadership development programme over a number of years and proved himself to be an ideal candidate for the role.

He will bring his considerable knowledge of the potato industry to bear as he takes over the reins from Eric, working with the strong team at Abernethy to deliver continued success for this year and into the future.

Kevin commented:

“I am delighted to succeed Eric Ritchie as General Manager of the Scotland site and look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead. We have a fantastic team of people here at Abernethy and I look forward to working with them to ensure the continued success of the site.”

Kevin will be responsible for the leadership of the Scotland site, and operations there – overseeing the site management team, procurement, agronomy, transport, factory operations, and HR to ensure that the Abernethy site continues to play a central role at Branston.

Eric commented:

“I have really enjoyed my 40 years in the potato industry with the last 11 years at Branston being both exciting and bringing new challenges. I am sad to leave at a time when the business has so many opportunities for the future but I will enjoy retirement knowing that with Kevin at the helm the Scottish team will continue to flourish.”

Kevin will be working closely with Eric over the next couple of months to ensure he hits the ground running on 25th July.