Nomad Foods' frozen foods brand Birds Eye appointed Christian Ardern as finance director for the United Kingdom and Ireland, taking over from Rod Matthews, who left after one year in his interim role.

Formerly the finance director of health for Reckitt Benckiser, Ardern held senior finance roles over the last 12 years. He has strong technical credentials from seven years at Ernst & Young, the company said.

Nomad Foods saw a management shuffle for its UK operations in September 2019. Alongside Steve Challouma moves from his position of UK marketing director to general manager while Matt Webb moves from business development director for the United Kingdom to general manager for Ireland, both of whom will report to Wayne Hudson, managing director for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Nordics.

Sarah Pollard has also been appointed group finance director of Nomad Foods.