Co-founder and CEO of 2 Sisters Food Group Ranjit Singh Boparan has stepped down from his position.

After 25 years of running the UK food company, Boparan will take on the role of president of Boparan Holdings Limited (BHL), the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group.

Chief Operating Officer Martyn Fletcher will take on operations until a formal appointment has been made.

Boparan said: “I am fully committed to building a better, more transparent business, modernising our company and simplifying our operations.

“I want to take a broader industry leadership role and concentrate more on the issues and challenges that affect not only our business, but also the food sector in general such as Brexit, social responsibility and sustainability.”

Chairman of BHL Charles Allen said: “Ranjit has spent 25 years of his life building a world class food business. He has been a catalyst for change within the food industry, by challenging the norm and providing our customers and consumers with great service, great quality food, and great prices.

 “In his new role, he will be playing to his strengths, looking at new opportunities and reducing debt that will help take the business to new levels of success.”

 This departure comes a few months after a joint investigation by the Guardian and ITV uncovered 2 Sisters Food Group factory workers altering slaughter dates on crates of chicken and adding poultry which had been dropped on to the floor back on the production line.

Boparan added: “These changes are the right ones to make at a very important stage in our business’s history and they help secure strong foundations for future development and growth. These are further major transformative steps in a journey to build a better business with a world-class leadership team.”

The search for a new CEO for 2 Sisters Food Group is currently underway, external and internal candidates under consideration.