One-time Burger King director given the top gig at Greene King

Merlin Entertainments executive Nick Mackenzie has been chosen as the man to replace outgoing Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand.

The board of the pub giant confirmed the appointment yesterday and said that Mr Mackenzie would begin his role on May 1.

At Merlin he is responsible for the Midway portfolio of attractions, which comprises more than 100 businesses around the world including Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and Sea Life aquariums. 

He qualified as a chartered surveyor, working first with Bass PLC and then with Allied Domecq as their acquisitions director before joining Burger King UK as its development director.

Mr Mackenzie joined The Tussauds Group in 2002 which was subsequently acquired by Merlin in 2007 where he remained to head up its property and development Group. He became managing director of its resort theme parks in 2011 before moving across to lead the Midway business in 2015.

He is also currently an independent non-executive director of Daniel Thwaites, a role he will be relinquishing before taking up his executive role at Greene King.

Greene King chairman Philip Yea commented: “After a comprehensive search we feel that Nick’s broad experience and track record at one of the world’s leading leisure businesses as well as his knowledge of the pub business, both early in his career and more recently as a non-executive, make him the best candidate to lead Greene King through its next phase. We are looking forward to Nick taking up his role when Rooney steps down at the end of the current financial year.”

Mr Mackenzie said: “Greene King is a very strong business with a great portfolio of pubs and beer brands and a real commitment to its customers, staff and shareholders. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to deliver on our vision to be the best pub company and brewer in Britain.”

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