Thai Union-owned canned seafood giant John West has named a new managing director to replace Paul Stephenson, who left the company last month.

Mark Doherty, previously commercial director at John West, took over the reins of the company on March 12.

He will lead all John West entities, including the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and export markets.

Doherty has been with John West for 15 years and has held a variety of positions in key account management and commercial roles.

He has been commercial director for six years.

Doherty has been a grocery professional for over 25 years, with experience managing all key retail channels and working across a variety of sectors including chilled, frozen and ambient foods.

Prior to joining John West, Doherty worked with several companies, including Northern Foods, Nestlé, and Anheuser Busch.

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