Borough Market has appointed Keith Davis as interim managing director to replace Glenis Reagon who has left the organisation after two years in the top job.
Glenis Reagon was appointed as managing director in summer 2009 having previously served as the market's financial controller. A market spokeswoman told the London SE1 website that Ms Reagon has "moved on from the organisation".
The market has had a troubled year with national and international press coverage of disputes between management and traders and the high-profile eviction of a number of traders who also operate in and around Maltby Street in Bermondsey.
Peter Wilkinson, chairman of the Trustees of Borough Market, told the London SE1 website in an interview earlier this year that the organisation faces difficult decisions as it seeks to reconcile the market's status as a tourist attraction with its enduring role as a place to buy fresh, high quality produce.
"We are pleased to announce that Keith Davis has joined Borough Market as managing director for the forthcoming months," a market spokeswoman told the London SE1 website this week.
"Keith brings with him a wealth of experience as a highly respected leader and manager, with over 20 years' senior level experience in local government, including roles at chief executive and executive director level."
Keith Davis said: "I am delighted to have taken up this role with Borough Market and am looking forward to working to help continue to create a thriving, sustainable, independent, quality food market, rooted in the life of the local community."
As wholesaling at Borough Market has declined, a new centre for food businesses is emerging at Bermondsey Spa on the SE1/SE16 border.
Last month Southwark's interim head of regeneration, Steve Platts, told a town hall scrutiny committee that the council is working with Network Rail and others to encourage companies to relocate to railway arches in the Enid Street area.
"We are also working on a scheme which will bring a lot of the arches ... back into use, including environmental improvements," Mr Platts told councillors.
"The focus of that development is likely to be around food wholesaling, with the creation of a bit of a Borough Market feel down the railway arches."
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