The managing director of school caterer Cater Link is to retire after 16 years at the company he founded, Caterersearch can reveal.
Tony McKenna set up Cater Link, which has a number of school meal contracts including London's Islington and Camden, in 1993. He will be succeeded by his deputy Neil Fuller on 1 June.
Speaking after confirming his departure, McKenna said: "With demand for our service continuing to rise and a great team of people in place, I know the business will flourish further.
"I'm not disappearing completely, and will be helping the team with occasional special projects."
Cater Link, which now caterers for more than 500,000 children a week, was bought by BaxterStorey and Benugo owner WSH Group in 2004.
WSH chief executive Alastair Storey paid tribute to McKenna's work. "Tony has been on of our sector's greatest leaders," he said.
"His vision has driven change, he's remained passionate and true to his original belief of freshly cooked food using high quality ingredients and in doing so, has built one of the industry's most admired business."
By Chris Druce
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