Chilled food specialist NFT Distribution has appointed Ross Eggleton to the newly created role of chief operating officer with immediate effect.

He takes on responsibility for ensuring operational excellence across NFT’s transport and warehouse operations.

Eggleton joins NFT from WM Morrison Supermarkets where he was logistics and supply chain director.

Before that his roles included senior positions at Asda and 3PL Lloyd Fraser Group.

Earlier this year, NFT, which is owned by EmergeVest, strengthened its executive team with Nick Winder joining as transport director, Tim Stone as warehouse director, and Gerard Gaffney becoming chief operating officer at NR Evans Group (part of NFT) .

NFT described Eggleton's appointment as integral to its stated aim of cementing its place as the leading provider of logistics to the international chilled food industry.

Last month the operator won a “significant contract” to provide UK-wide temperature-controlled distribution to Southern Salads.