Farmers at Kerry Co-op have moved to appoint a company secretary as they work to solve the long-running row with the multi-billion-euro Kerry Group over the milk price paid to dairy producers.

Thomas Hunter McGowan, who was previously CEO of InterTrade Ireland, was ratified by the farmers’ board to take on the roll at a critical time for the co-op.

Mr Hunter McGowan, whose prior job saw him support small businesses across the entire island to seek out trade opportunities, said he was looking forward to joining the co-op.

“I am delighted to join Kerry Co-Op and am looking forward to the challenges that the role will present during the transfer from the Kerry Group,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Kerry Group for the excellent service they have provided to the co-op for the past 30 years.

“I look forward to a smooth transition as we move our company secretarial and financial functions into the co-op in the course of the next few months.”

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