Kerry Co-op will unveil its new secretary to advisory board members at meetings on Thursday and Tuesday. Thomas Hunter McGowan has been selected to fill the vacuum that existed since Stan McCarthy vacated his position as co-op CEO 18 months ago.

While at first glance a direct replacement for Brian Durran, who doubled as secretary of the plc and the co-op until late last year, McGowan’s role will be more towards managing the co-op’s share registry and rulebook.