Greene King appoints Nick Mackenzie as chief executive

Greene King has appointed Nick Mackenzie as its new chief executive.

He will join the company on May 1, succeeding Rooney Anand, who previously announced he would step down at the end of the financial year.

Mackenzie joins from Merlin Entertainments, where he is responsible for the Midway portfolio of attractions, including 100 businesses around the world such as Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and SeaLife centres. He has also worked with Bass and Allied Domecq as acquisitions director.

He was part of the executive committee at Merlin and he is also an independent non-executive director of northwest brewer, Daniel Thwaites, a role he will relinquish before taking up his executive role at Greene King.

Philip Yea, Greene King’s chairman, said: “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, early in his career and more recently as a non-executive, make him the best candidate to lead Greene King through its next phase.”

Mackenzie added: “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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