Northern Foods’ FD exits

Christie will be replaced on a temporary basis by group finance executive, Ian Ellis. A permanent appointment will follow.

Christie, 47, is in line to receive a £285,000 pay-off.

He was seen as the last of the old guard of the company.

Several senior staff have left since new chief executive Pat O’ Driscoll joined Northern in April this year, which supplies meals to Marks&Spencer.

O’ Driscoll will deliver the results of a strategic review in the next few weeks, which could see some divisions of the company sold off.

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