Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants (WHR), will step down from the board at the end of February and end his 10-year association with the company. Paul Flaum, currently head of Whitbread Restaurants, will become the new managing director of WHR from 1 March 2015.
CEO Andy Harrison paid tribute to Dempsey for the “tremendous contribution” he has made to Whitbread over the last decade and insisted the firm would continue with its “very ambitious” growth plans. “Whitbread has laid out clear five year growth milestones and we have the strength and depth of leadership to successfully deliver those goals,” he said.
Flaum has worked for Whitbread for 11 years and was COO of WHR prior to becoming MD Restaurants.