Palmer and Harvey has appointed Jez Pegg as sales and marketing director.

He has previously held senior commercial roles in the UK and Europe for Nestle and Unilever. He also worked for the Brakes Group as business unit director. Most recently, he has been sales director for Fronterra in Australia and client director for Reach UK.

Pegg takes up the former role of managing director Martyn Ward, who is now responsible for Palmer and Harvey Wholesale.

Jez Pegg said: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of sales and marketing director at Palmer and Harvey at this pivotal time of change, both for our business and that of the whole sector.

“I have inherited a very experienced and dedicated sales and marketing team from Martyn, and I am looking forward to working with them and the rest of the Palmer and Harvey board as we sharpen our customer proposition, whilst improving the service we give.

“We serve a huge range of customers across all core categories and therefore I am very keen to meet as many of those customers as possible in the near future.”

Martyn Ward, managing director of Palmer and Harvey said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jez to the board and I am delighted to be working with him as we embrace an exciting future at Palmer and Harvey.

“Jez has a proven track record in building solid customer relationships and attracting new business. His experience across all customer channels in the UK retail market will be of great value to Palmer and Harvey as we continue to serve the UK’s retailers.”