Ranjit Singh Boparan, co-founder and CEO of scandal-hit 2 Sisters Food Group, will step down from his role after 25 years at the helm. The UK-based company has now started a process to find a new chief executive and will be considering external and internal candidates. Martyn Fletcher in his capacity as COO will be responsible for the operations of the business until a formal appointment has been made.

The announcement, on February 27th 2018, follows a challenging few months for the company, which has been in the spotlight since it was embroiled in the national food hygiene row last year.

However, Singh is moving up to be President of 2 Sisters Holdings, the parent company, and so will still be taking an active interest in – and, we venture, responsibility for – the company’s future. He said:

‘I am fully committed to building a better, more transparent business, modernising our company and simplifying our operations. I want to take a broader industry leadership role and concentrate more on the issues and challenges that affect not only our business, but also the food sector in issues such as Brexit, social responsibility and sustainability…’

There was no mention of last year’s scandal. The allusions to ‘modernisation’, ‘transparency’ and ‘social responsibility’ bode, we like to think, well. But as the Parliamentary Inquiry said when putting him on 24-hour watch, actions speak louder than words.