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Whitby Seafoods appoints new board member

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Whitby Seafoods, a UK-based scampi manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Carol Gee as the new finance director, effective this month. Gee, a chartered accountant with extensive experience in finance and management, has worked with businesses across various sectors including FMCG, manufacturing, and retail.

In her new role, Gee will be actively involved in the company’s overall strategy, focusing on driving financial performance in line with business objectives and overseeing the development of the finance and HR teams. The recruitment process for Gee was led by finance recruitment specialist Headstar.

Established in 1985, Whitby Seafoods is an independent, family-run business with a workforce of 400 employees and an annual turnover of £65m. The manufacturer operates two sites – its headquarters in Whitby, Yorkshire, and a second in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. With a weekly production of over a million portions of scampi, Whitby Seafoods supplies own label and branded products to supermarkets, pubs, cafes, and restaurants.

Whitby Seafoods recently abandoned its attempted acquisition of Kilhorne Bay following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Expressing excitement for the future, Daniel Whittle, managing director of Whitby Seafoods, highlighted Gee’s “proven track record when it comes to driving financial performance and business growth, both in the UK and internationally.” Whittle added, “Despite the challenging backdrop in the UK of late, we remain extremely excited for the future as we look to continue our growth trajectory. Carol’s extensive experience, together with her strategic vision, will undoubtedly be instrumental in helping us to reach new heights.”

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