Food manufacturer Findus Group, which produces seafood products under the Findus and Young's brands has appointed its first CIO. Jola Gillespie joins from beer maker SABMiller.

Gillespie has specialised as a CIO in the food manufacturing sector having been IT director at Frito-Lay and Walkers, the crisp manufacturing arms of the PepsiCo company and began her career at biscuit maker Nabisco as a systems development manager. At SABMiller Gillespie was CIO for Europe.

Chris Britton, chief executive of Findus Group said, "She brings a wealth of knowledge to the business and will play a central role in our continual push to improve our organisation and to drive our transformation agenda in the years ahead.'" Gillespie will report directly to Britton.

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