James Cox and Gary Linsell, Fresca

James Cox (left) and Gary Linsell have both joined Fresca Group in recent weeks

UK fresh produce giant Fresca Group has madetwosenior appointmentsin a bid to strengthen its senior teams.

James Cox, former CEO of shoe retailer The Dune Group,has joined asFresca’schieffinancialofficer. Meanwhile, Gary Linsell, former MD of fresh produce company AG Thames, has joined asmanagingdirector ofThe Fresh Produce Centre, the facility where several of the Fresca businesses operate, including Mack Fruit, Fresh Plus, The Avocado Company and DGM Growers.

Fresca CEO Martyn Fletcher said: “It’s an exciting time for Fresca Group. Covid-19 and Brexit certainly created an unprecedented year, however we have an ambitious strategy and investment plans to develop our business further.

“Both James and Gary have extensive experience, skills and knowledge that will most certainly contribute to the momentum we’ve established. I’m really looking forward to working with them – they’ll undoubtably strengthen our team and they’re both a great fit for the group.”

Having started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in the UK and New York, Cox went on to be CFO at fashion brands Dune, Thomas Pink and Jigsaw. He also has extensive experience leading operational and commercial teams in the UK and internationally, including as CEO of The Dune Group for three years.

He is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from Imperial College London. Having had significant involvement in turnaround projects, funding events and commercial strategy, “James will bring a fresh new approach to Fresca”, Fletcher added.

Cox succeeds Brett Sumner who, after five years with the company, has decided to pursue other opportunities.

Linsell started his management career at Marks & Spencer and after 15 years, moved across to the supplier side of fresh produce.

“A highly accomplished commercial and managing director, he will continue to drive the business plan and investment projects at The Fresh Produce Centre, started by predecessor John Counsell, who is leaving to take up new opportunities,” Fresca said.