Duncan Garrood, the former president of MH Alshaya’s food division, will take the helm at Punch Taverns in June following his appointment as CEO.
In his existing role, Garrood has broad responsibility across a retail division of 1,000 franchised outlets, so his experience of managing a large estate should stand him in good stead.
He boasts a strong background in the retail and leisure sector and an excellent track record of driving operational performance over a career spanning 31 years at Unilever, SC Johnson and BAA.
Stephen Billingham, chairman of Punch Taverns, said: “Duncan is an exceptional individual who will strengthen the senior team at Punch. He brings a great combination of strategic and operational experience within major organisations. These skills will be invaluable to Punch’s future development.”
Billingham himself will revert to the role of non-executive chairman once Garrood begins the role.
Punch is one of the UK’s largest leased pub companies, with a portfolio of more than 3,500 pubs nationwide.