Bruno Deschamps has been appointed group ceo of Brakes, taking over from Bill Driscoll who has stepped down to return to the United States for family related reasons.
Deschamps is a London-based principal of Clayton Dubilier Rice, the private equity owner of Brakes, and has been a non-executive director of Brakes since December 2002.
Brakes said Deschamps has extensive contacts in the foodservice industry and considerable industry experience, having previously served as president and chief operating officer of Ecolab and president and ceo of Henkel-Ecolab.
Deschamps said: “Under Bill’s leadership Brakes has strengthened its position as the UK’s leading foodservice solutions business. He led Brakes through the successful acquisition of both the contract distribution business of Peter’s Foodservice and Wild Harvest, the speciality food business.
“He also broadened Brakes appeal to customers through improved product offerings including the launch of Prime Meats (Brakes specialist meat division), Brakes Catering Supplies and Equipment, an extended produce offering and the introduction of Brakes Value and Premiere ranges.
“I would like to thank Bill for the significant contribution that he has made to the progress and development of Brakes.”