Hotel Chocolat appoints new president

Hostel Chocolat has appointed Stephen Alexander as itsnon-executive president.

He’ll succeed Andrew Gerrie who’ll step down as the company’s president and member of the board on 4 May.

Alexander has held a number of president places in both public and private equity- backed businesses, including Dairy Crest, Immediate Media, Rhubarb Foods, EMI Group, Odeon Cinemas, AWAS Aircraft Leasing and Meridien hospices.

His career has also included being principal superintendent of Hillsdown effects and 17 times at Allied Domecq, where he was principal superintendent of both the food and merchandising divisions.

He’s presently an operating mate with private equity group OpCapita.

Hostel Chocolat has also blazoned that Jon Akehurst will join the company as principal fiscal officer and as an administrative board director on 15 May. He has preliminarily worked in operation and leadership places at General Mills, Mars, Aggreko and most lately at Terumo Corporation where he was principal fiscal officer of the Aortic division.

Angus Thirlwell,co-founder and principal superintendent of Hotel Chocolat, said “ Stephen’s significant experience chairing companies in the food manufacturing and retail space in the UK and overseas will be inestimable as we take the business through its coming chapter of growth. With Jon joining our platoon too, we’ve materially boosted the leadership and board horsepower. I’m looking forward to working nearly with them both.

“ I would like to thank Andrew Gerrie, our gregarious president, for all he has brought to Hotel Chocolat during his term as we gauged from brand earnings of£ 80 million to£ 200 million. ”