The chairman of Warburtons, Jonathan Warburton, will point to a potential direction for the baking industry’s future by sharing what guides his business compass, at the American Bakers Association’s (ABA) 2018 Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, April 2018.
The topic “Leading with Purpose and Passion” will offer a fresh perspective on workforce engagement, leading attendees in a dialogue about the European and global baking markets.
“Jonathan will detail his highly effective leadership style and will offer his unique perspective on opportunities for where the industry can employ innovative thinking in the ever-changing marketplace,” said Robb MacKie, ABA president & CEO. “He will also join in one of the industry’s most timely conversations – how to empower and engage the workforce – and share insights from his global experience.”
Warburton worked his way up the family-owned business from national account manager to chairman – a position he has held since 2001. Taking the helm of the business in 1991, Warburton offered up the strategy designed by him and his two cousins, to transform the business from a regional one to a national one, pursuing the vision to become the country’s favored baker.
Since holding chairmanship, the company has seen growth of over 60% to a turnover in excess of GBP550m, with the number of bakery and distribution sites growing by over 40%. Warburton was a non-executive director of Samworth Brothers Limited for 20 years (1997-2017) and non-executive director of AG Barr Plc for three years (2010-2013). He received an Honorary Doctorate from Manchester University in 2003.