RAU welcomes new Chair of Governing Council

Global food industry expert John Pain has been appointed as Chair of the Royal Agricultural University’s (RAU) Governing Council.

John will take over from The Rt Hon Michael Jack CBE – ex Fylde MP, former Chair of Topps Tiles plc and Chairman of Gs Fresh Produce- who retires from the role on 1 January 2020.

John Pain worked for The Wendy’s Company from 2011 to 2019 as Managing Director for Asia Pacific and Middle East (APME), doubling its restaurant count and entering new markets including Kuwait, India and Japan.

With a degree in Agricultural Economics from Newcastle University and an MBA from the University of Leicester, John has a background in marketing with leading UK brands such as Sainsbury’s, Nabisco and Diageo.

His career in International Quick Service Restaurants began in 1994 at KFC GB followed by assignments as Marketing Director for Yum! Brands in the Middle East, South Africa, Asia Pacific and VP of Marketing at Taco Bell. He returned to the UK for four years in 2007, as Marketing Director of the GBP2Bn Compass Group UK & Ireland business, before returning to the international arena with Wendy’s in 2011.

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