Aryzta appoints Kevin Toland as chief executive

DAA chief takes on role that has been vacant since departure of Owen Killian

Kevin Toland is currently chief executive at DAA

Kevin Toland is currently chief executive at DAA

 

Food group Aryzta has appointed Kevin Toland as its new chief executive. Mr Toland is currently chief executive at airports operator, DAA. He was previously a senior executive at Glanbia in the United States.

Aryzta, which has been under pressure in the market, has been without a chief executive since the departure of Owen Killian earlier this year.

The Swiss-Irish company said this month that it was evaluating options for its 49 per cent stake in French food company Picard, seen by many as a problematic asset for the Cuisine de France owner. The group said at that stage that its focus was on “cash generation”.

Privilege

DAA chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin said it had been “a privilege to work with Kevin” over the past 4½ years.

The DAA board will now begin the process of identifying a new chief executive, Mr Ó Ríordáin said.

Mr Toland said: “I have greatly enjoyed working with staff and management. I have learned so much from my time with DAA and am so proud of the fantastic job that our staff do for our customers and passengers across the globe on a daily basis.”