Top Greene King exec agrees to join The Restaurant Group

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Greene King CFO Kirk Davis is jumping ship to take over as finance chief at The Restaurant Group.

He will leave the pub group at the end of January 2018 and take up his new post in February.

The TRG board will be hoping that Davis can bring some stability to the post after it was forced tp hunt for a CFO for the second time in less than a year when Barry Nightingale suddenly left the business.

Davis has extensive finance experience within listed leisure and retail businesses.

He has served as CFO of the pub group for the past three years, playing a key role during the acquisition and integration of Spirit.

Prior to that he was finance director at JD Wetherspoon and has also held senior finance roles at Tesco and Marks & Spencer. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Andy McCue, CEO of The Restaurant Group, said: “Kirk’s proven skill-set and highly relevant experience position him ideally for the CFO role at The Restaurant Group. I very much look forward to welcoming Kirk to the business and to working with him.”

Greene King has already moved to replace Davis. It has appointed Mothercare CFO Richard Smothers to the post and he will join the business in February 2018.

Rooney Anand, CEO of Greene King, said: “Richard has 20 years of experience at blue chip retail and consumer-focused companies in senior financial roles. He is a great addition to the executive team as we seek to become Britain’s best pub company and to continue to deliver long-term growth and value to shareholders.”

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