The pub operator Mitchells & Butlers appoints new CEO

Alistair Darby is named the new chief executive.

New Statesman
Mitchells & Butlers operates around 1,600 restaurants and pubs all over the UK.

The British pubs, bars and restaurants operator Mitchells & Butlers has appointed Alistair Darby as its new chief executive, effective 8 October 2012. Darby is currently COO of Marston’s plc.

Since rejoining Marston’s in 1997, Darby has held a number of senior operational and strategic roles, including leadership of its branded and suburban managed pubs and its beer division. He was appointed COO in 2011.

Darby has more than 20 years of experience in the UK’s pub, drinks and consumer sectors.

Bob Ivell, executive chairman of Mitchells & Butlers, said:

The board and I are all delighted to announce the appointment of Alistair as chief executive following an extensive and rigorous search process. I am confident that we have secured the right person for the role and that drawing on his wealth of operational and brand experience, Alistair will contribute greatly to M&B’s continued strong performance.

Following a short period of induction and handover, Ivell will revert to the role of non-executive chairman.

Darby said:

Mitchells & Butlers is a market-leading business with tremendous potential that is well advanced on a transformation programme. I am excited by the opportunity to lead the company and, together with the management team, to build on M&B's strong estate, brands and operations.