Arla MD Ash Amirahmadi to take reins from Avidity’s Jill Ross as Chair of IGD’s Board of Trustees


Ash Amirahmadi, Managing Director of Arla Foods UK, is to become Chair of IGD’s Board of Trustees in March, taking over from Jill Ross, CEO of Avidity.

IGD is an organisation of two interconnected communities, Commercial Insight and Social Impact, which together work to drive change, through the food and consumer goods industry, that makes a tangible difference for society, business and the individual. Its Board of Trustees comprises 13 senior directors from companies spanning our industry and is currently led by Chair Jill Ross, whose four-year tenure will come to an end in March.

Jill Ross says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair of IGD’s Board of Trustees, working in partnership with colleagues from across our industry to guide this unique organisation through an incredible few years. I wish Ash all the best in the role and have no doubt his passion for our industry will help deliver great impact for IGD.”

Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, says: “I’d like to thank Jill for the commitment, passion and expertise she has shown during her time as Chair. She is an enormous advocate of IGD, supporting our work and guiding us through a hugely challenging yet rewarding time for our industry. I have enjoyed working with her immensely and am delighted that she will remain a Trustee of IGD until the end of the year.

“I’m also delighted to welcome Ash as our new Chair. He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the industry, which will be hugely valuable as we continue to unite and inspire the food and consumer goods industry and mobilise it as a force for good.”

Ash Amirahmadi has been Managing Director of Arla Foods UK since 2018. He is also the current Chair of the board of Dairy UK. Ash joined Arla more than 15 years ago, working in several roles across commercial, sales and marketing. Since he became Managing Director, Arla Foods UK has continued to grow and is now Britain’s leading dairy company.

Ash Amirahmadi says: “I am proud to be given the opportunity to chair a trusted and respected organisation. The IGD plays such an important role in developing commercial insights and connecting organisations, all of which help shape the future of the food and consumer goods industry. I especially look forward to supporting Susan and the Board of Trustees as we navigate the key challenges and opportunities that face our industry.”

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