7 December 2009
Greene King plc today announces the retirement of David Elliott as Managing Director of Pub Partners, its tenanted pub division, and the appointment of Simon Longbottom as his successor.
After eleven years with Greene King and over 25 years in the industry, David Elliott, the current Managing Director of Pub Partners, has decided to retire. During his time at Pub Partners, David has overseen significant growth: from 620 to over 1,300 tenanted pubs and from £32 million of operating profit in 1998 to £71 million in 2008/9. More recently, David and his team have been managing the division effectively through the current tough trading environment and delivering improved performance trends.
David will stay with Greene King until 31 January 2010 when he will also stand down from the Board.
Rooney Anand, Chief Executive of Greene King, commented:
“In the eleven years that he has been here, David has made a significant contribution to Pub Partners both in terms of growing profitability and the size and quality of the overall estate.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks and best wishes from everyone here at Greene King and wish him all the best for the future.”
Simon Longbottom (37), who will join the company on 1 February 2010, has spent his career working in the leisure industry. He has particularly strong commercial and operations experience in the pub sector.
He joins Greene King from Gala Coral Group where he was Managing Director of its Gaming Group. Simon started his career at Bass Taverns and has since held senior positions at Mill House Inns and Mitchells & Butlers, with over 11 years experience in the pub sector.
Rooney Anand further commented:
“We are delighted that Simon Longbottom is joining the team at Greene King. Simon has significant and highly relevant experience in the pub and leisure sectors, which will be invaluable to Pub Partners, particularly as we continue to take a leadership role in the adaptation and ongoing improvement of the tenanted pub model.”
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Greene King plc Rooney Anand, Chief Executive Tel: 01284 763222
Financial Dynamics Ben Foster Tel: 020 7831 3113