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Iain Gardner, UK COO of Dutch-owned animal feed firm ForFarmers, to step down at end of year

PUBLISHED: 12:08 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:08 20 October 2017

Iain Gardner, ForFarmers. Picture: KEES HUMMEL

Iain Gardner, ForFarmers. Picture: KEES HUMMEL

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The boss of the UK arm of animal feed firm ForFarmers is set to step down at the end of this year.

Steven Read, ForFarmers. Picture: KEES HUMMEL Steven Read, ForFarmers. Picture: KEES HUMMEL

UK chief operating officer Iain Gardner will be succeeded by supply chain director Steven Read. Dutch-owned ForFarmers recently moved its UK headquarters from Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds. Mr Gardner has been with ForFarmers, which acquired Ipswich-based BOCM Pauls in 2012, for 29 years. Chief executive Yoram Knoop said he was instrumental in helping the firm become the UK’s leading feed company, implementing the Horizon 2020 strategy, which integrated its acquisitions. “We thank him for his commitment and contribution,” he said.

Mr Read, with the firm for 31 years, is currently based at the firm’s Lochem headquarters. “Steven is the natural and logical person to be appointed COO of ForFarmers UK given his broad experience and successful implementation of changes,” said Mr Knoop.

Iain Gardner, chief operating officer of ForFarmers, and Yoram Knoop, chief executive of ForFarmers, at the re-branding of the BOCM Pauls name to ForFarmers at an event at the Farmers' Club in London on Monday, October 6, 2014. Picture: SARAH CHAMBERS Iain Gardner, chief operating officer of ForFarmers, and Yoram Knoop, chief executive of ForFarmers, at the re-branding of the BOCM Pauls name to ForFarmers at an event at the Farmers' Club in London on Monday, October 6, 2014. Picture: SARAH CHAMBERS

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