The UK's oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, has appointed Jonathon Swaine as managing director of its public houses division.
The family-owned firm, established in 1698, said that the appointment would help the company emerge from the pandemic andhelp further its growth plans.
Shepherd Neame is based in Faversham, Kent and has 303 pubs and hotels throughout London and South East England.
Jonathan Neame, CEO of Shepherd Neame said: "We are delighted that Jonathon is joining Shepherd Neame. He is an operator of considerable experience and is highly respected within the industry. Jonathon and the team will help us develop Shepherd Neame on the next stage of our journey as we emerge from the pandemic in good shape and ambitious to resume our growth trajectory."
Jonathon Swaine comes to Shepherd Neame from gambling firm the Rank Group Plc where he was managing director.
He has spent the majority of his career in the pub industry with lengthy career spells in senior positions at Bass and Fuller, Smith and Turner.
Jonathon Swaine said: "Shepherd Neame is a Company that I have known and admired for a long time. They have unique heritage, strong culture and values. In addition, the pub estate is very high quality, with further development opportunities, and will benefit from the ongoing infrastructure investment in its Kent heartland. I look forward to working with the team and Board."