In a statement, Safestyle UK said: “In accordance with long-established senior management succession plans, Steve Birmingham will retire from the board and the company by the end of 2018. Following a thorough external search process, the board is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gallacher as Steve’s successor as group chief executive.
“Mike will join the board as chief executive on May 1 2018, with Steve Birmingham remaining as an executive director of the company to ensure an orderly handover and to see certain ongoing projects through to conclusion.”
Mr Gallacher was recently CEO of First Milk Limited, the UK dairy company owned by British family farms, where he developed and implemented a major restructuring and turnaround strategy. He has also held a number of senior roles at Mars Inc., including the post of UK managing director for Mars Petcare
Peter Richardson, non-executive chairman of Safestyle, said: “Steve has been instrumental in the company’s growth over the last 19 years and I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the board to thank him for his significant contribution. I am pleased that he will be remaining in the business to ensure a suitable period of continuity and an orderly handover to his successor.
“Mike is a great addition to the Safestyle team and I am pleased that he has agreed to join the board. His leadership qualities and commercial and operational experience, particularly in relation to performance improvement, will be invaluable to the business at this stage in its development.”
Mr Gallacher commented: “I am delighted to be joining Safestyle and look forward to working with Steve and the wider team to assess how best to take the business forward in the current trading environment. Safestyle has good growth potential and I am excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead.”