John Power MBE
Chief Executive Officer
John relocated back from Australia and joined the Symington’s team in early 2016. As COO he led the transformation programme to streamline our manufacturing and supply chain operations to provide excellent service to our customers and to help the business retain its innovative edge at a sustainable cost. He was appointed CEO in October 2016.
“Working at Symington’s is great fun and very rewarding. The team all support each other and readily go the extra mile to look after our customers and one another. Everyone made me feel welcome and went out of their way to help me settle in and get up to speed quickly. There is an agility of mind and speed of action that many companies would die for. Huge creativity too and I have been amazed at our ability to get new products into market at pace”.
Following a successful military career, John joined Associated British Foods (ABF) in 2007. His first assignment was with The Silver Spoon Company as Operations Director. After helping them to significantly reduce their manufacturing and logistics costs, he was asked to take up the post of Vice President Global Supply Chain with sister company AB Enzymes. In this role he was responsible for the supply of chilled and ambient enzymes into over 80 countries spread across the globe.
In late 2011 John was asked to relocate to Australia to help turn around the performance of another ABF company, Weston Milling. As Operations Director he was responsible for flour milling and feed milling operations across ANZ. Two years into the role John was part of the team that merged this business with a yeast and bakery ingredients manufacturing business called AB Mauri ANZ. The merged business, MAURI ANZ, had 15 manufacturing sites. John led the merger of the operations and supply chain and then delivered multi-million dollar cost savings. He also played a major part in developing strong & enduring relationships with major customers.
Away from work John and his wife Jan enjoy hill walking and travel, especially when they can combine the two. Their time in Australia also turned them both into avid cricket fans, especially when England is playing Australia in The Ashes.