Channel Island and West Country pub chain Liberation Group has appointed leisure and retail veteran Jonathan Lawson as its CEO.
He will take over the 116-strong pub outfit on 14 January 2019, when he leaves his current post as CEO of Vision Express.
Mr Lawson has a solid understanding of the pub and brewing market having served for four years as managing director for Greene King’s Local Pubs Division.
Following its acquisition by Caledonia Investments in 2016, Liberation Group has been focused on delivering on its growth plan through a combination of targeted capital expenditure within the pub estate and acquisitions of both individual pubs and pub groups in the south of England.
Richard Grainger, executive chairman of the Liberation Group, said: “The Liberation Group now consists of two breweries, three distribution businesses and 116 pubs across the Channel Islands and the West Country. Jonathan Lawson’s wide-ranging executive experience across the leisure sector will enable him to drive the business onward and fulfil the Board’s expectations for the Group. We very much look forward to welcoming him into the business.”
Mr Lawson said it was a “great pleasure” to be returning to the pub sector.
“The team has built an excellent business and I am looking forward to meeting the people, our customers and to fully immersing myself in the company. This is a great organisation with clear opportunities ahead of it and I am delighted to be leading it through the next period of its growth.”