Former YO! Sushi chief Robin Rowland has joined premium pub group Fuller’s as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.
He continues to be an active investor in hospitality companies and has previously held non-executive director positions with Caffe Nero, Tortilla and Marston’s.
In 2016 he was awarded an OBE for Outstanding Services to Hospitality.
Mr Rowland started his career in 1984 with Whitbread and went on to develop and lead a number of pub and restaurant brands with listed companies including Diageo, Scottish & Newcastle and The Restaurant Group.
In 1999, he was appointed chief executive at YO! Sushi, which he took from three sites to more than 100 across the UK and USA.
He led several MBOs for the company and spearheaded the acquisition of Bento Sushi in North America.
Mr Rowland said: “I have a very deep passion for the hospitality industry and the opportunity to play a role in the development of an industry icon, like Fuller’s, is wonderful. The current coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented set of challenges for the sector – but when this time is over, it is for companies to come back stronger, and I know Fuller’s will be one of those.”
Chairman Michael Turner said: “Robin needs no introduction in our sector. He has outstanding industry experience and a true hospitality pedigree. I know he will be a real asset to our leadership team as we navigate our way out of the current situation and, as a seasoned non-executive director, he is a great addition to our board.”
Fuller’s operates 215 managed pubs, with 1,028 boutique bedrooms, and 179 tenanted inns.
The estate is predominately located in the south of England and stretches from its City of London heartland to the Jurassic Coast via the New Forest.