Chief Operating Officer (COO)


To identify a Chief Operating Officer for a large food manufacturer, with the ability and potential to rapidly develop into the CEO role. Previous experience of managing diverse international operations, developing business across emerging and established markets, and attracting world class talent were pre-requisites for this challenging search.


High performing executives from within the Food & Ingredients sector with appropriate international responsibility, and a track record of delivering sustainable growth, were identified and contacted. King Recruit combined a detailed search process alongside networking, utilising a global contact network to identify high potential Chief Operating Officers. A shortlist of fast-track executives was presented, resulting in the stand out candidate progressing rapidly through the selection process.

The King Executive Method, our bespoke 4-step leadership assessment programme was applied to the search to ensure rigour in our approach.


The appointment of a world class COO from a global food group and a process managed to ensure the candidate could start quickly and make an immediate impact. Promotion within the first 12 months has ensured all expectations from the original brief have been achieved.