Pub group Admiral Taverns installs new chief executive

Chris Jowsey, chief executive

Admiral Taverns has named Chris Jowsey as its new chief executive, succeeding Kevin Georgel in the role.

Mr Jowsey will take up his post in July and joins from Heineken where he currently leads the group’s On Trade business in the UK.

He has held a variety of strategic and commercial roles at Heineken since he first joined the business in 2003 having overseen the growth and expansion of Star Pubs & Bars, the leased and tenanted pub company of Heineken in the UK, with some 2,700 pubs across the country. He is also a non-executive Director with T&R Theakston’s.

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Admiral Taverns operates a national estate of circa 800 predominantly wet-led community pubs.

Tom Ward, chairman of Admiral Taverns, said: “On behalf of the Board and the entire team, I am delighted to welcome Chris to Admiral.

“Chris not only brings with him over 18 years of wider industry expertise but an in-depth knowledge and passion for the leased and tenanted pub sector. His career path at Heineken is impressive and his clear ambition, experience and understanding of the sector will be invaluable in leading the company through the next stage of its growth and development.”

Mr Jowsey commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Admiral at this exciting phase in the Group’s history. The business has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the team have carved an excellent reputation in the industry.

“I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues, the Board and our investors to build on this impressive growth trajectory, championing the valuable role that pubs can play in their local communities and cementing Admiral’s reputation as a leading operator in the sector.”

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