Tom Atherton

Canadian dairy company Saputo has appointed Tom Atherton as the new head of Dairy Crest following the acquisition of the leading British dairy producer.

Montreal-based Saputo completed the £975 million takeover on April 15.

Mark Allen, the current chief executive of Dairy Crest, will step down as part of the deal, and Atherton, will head the business as president and chief operating officer of Saputo’s Dairy Division (UK). He will report to Kai Bockmann, president and chief operating officer, Saputo Inc. and International Sector.

Atherton was serving as Allen’s deputy and group finance director at Dairy Crest. Allen will remain with the company until July during the transition period.