Before A&M, Mr. Canham was CEO of Ugo Foods, a chilled pasta business serving European major multiples and foodservice customers. Earlier, he held roles of Chief Operating Officer at Burtons Foods and CEO of two SMEs – The Kids Food Group, a baby food business, and First News, the award-winning newspaper founded by Piers Morgan.
Previously, he worked on several consultancy projects, including the strategic review of a Premier Foods’ division and an assessment of two European acquisition opportunities for Schick Wilkinson Sword, with recommendations accepted and implemented by both Boards. He also worked in investment banking, setting up the food division for ISB, securing such clients as: Young’s Seafood, Whitworths and Burtons Foods.
Serving as Head of Strategy and M&A for United Biscuits (€1.5 billion turnover), Mr. Canham was responsible for pan-European commercial process improvement. He led negotiations to acquire the U.K. biscuit assets of Danone and developed a business case to turn around their loss-making and low-growth business in Northern Europe via overhead reduction and revised marketing and channel strategies.
Earlier at United Biscuits, Mr. Canham worked with UB Ireland, where he returned the business to top-line growth and improved margin and ROCE, as well as reducing SKU complexity and working capital via better terms. Subsequently, he ran its £150 million impulse business, reorganizing the sales force to release a £7 million cost. In addition, he reversed a long-standing revenue decline into 5 percent CAG over two years. Before that, he set up and managed UB’s Foodservice BU, increasing its first-year contribution by 10 percent.
Mr. Canham earned a master’s degree from Cambridge University and has a diploma in marketing from the CIM.