CEDA director Peter Kay has confirmed that next year’s annual conference will be his last before he begins retirement.
Following more than 50 years in the industry, the 69-year-old plans to step down in April 2015.
Kay’s departure will bring the curtain down on more than a decade’s service with CEDA, although he won’t sever ties completely as he has offered to continue his involvement with CEDA in a part-time role.
The timing of the announcement gives CEDA plenty of time to find a full-time replacement, however.
Rather than wait until 2015, the CEDA board has decided to start the recruitment process straight away, with a view to the successful candidate commencing their new role in the autumn of 2014.
This will allow for plenty of time for a comprehensive handover to take place.
CEDA said it is looking for someone with a proven track record of setting and achieving goals and clear commitment to the ongoing development of the association.
“Ideally they will have worked in the catering equipment industry in a sales/marketing/senior management role, and during this time have gained extensive knowledge of suppliers, distributors and CEDA itself,” the organisation said.
The main responsibilities of the role are in the areas of finance, member recruitment, administration and technical, while working closely with the board of directors, Technical Steering Group and Marketing Task Group.
CEDA plans to formally advertise the role of Director General shortly, but said anybody interested in the position or who wished to recommend somebody for consideration could direct their interest here.
Interviews are expected to take place in June or July 2014.