Black Country brewery and pub company Marston’s has appointed a new chief executive.
The Wolverhampton-based listed group has promoted chief financial officer and corporate development officer Andrew Andrea who will take over the post in October.
The move follows Ralph Findlay’s decision to step down which was announced in March and who will remain in the role until October for a handover period.
Mr Andrea has more than two decades of experience within the pub and brewing industry.
He joined Marston’s in 2002 and has sat on its board since 2009 and has extensive commercial and operational expertise alongside his financial experience.
He is also a non-executive director of pottery group Portmeirion. His replacement as chief financial officer will be appointed in due course.
Mr Andrea said: “I am delighted to have been selected to lead Marston’s at such an exciting time as it embarks on the next phase in its history as a focussed pub operator.
“Despite the challenges of the last year, I am confident we have a great team of energised and engaged people to deliver our vision and I look forward to working with them and the board to return the business to growth and optimise the future opportunities available to us.”
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In other appointment news, Palletised freight distribution company Palletline has promoted Michelle Roder to financial director in its central hub in Marston Green.
The appointment follows the departure of Mark McColl who retired from the business in March.
She is the youngest person to hold the position in Palletline’s history and is currently the only woman on the board.
Ms Roder has more than 17 years of experience in financial roles and joined the network as risk assessment and project finance manager in 2014.
She now oversees a team of nine people across the Palletline Group and is responsible for facilitating business growth through investment while safeguarding the financial health of the company.
Law firm Bevan Brittan has promoted three solicitors to senior associate level in its Birmingham office.
They are Jaspal Basra (litigation, advisory and regulatory), Peter Francis (commercial and infrastructure) and Lauren Halliday (clinical risk).
The news follows its recent move to a new office in the heart of Birmingham’s business district at One Temple Row which it said was an interim step while it looked for a new permanent base in the city.
Birmingham outsourcing specialist Sigma has appointed a new bids and tendering lead who will support the firm’s growth plans both in the UK and abroad.
Sigma Financial Group, which offers white label customer contact centre services across the energy, water, retail, financial services and telecommunications sectors, has recruited Louise Morgan as head of bid management and solutions.
She will oversee the design and delivery of the firm’s bidding processes and tendering services in the UK and South Africa where Sigma is extending its reach through its Cape Town facility.
Ms Morgan has joined the company after three years as bid manager at customer experience firm Webhelp.
Financial services firm BDO has boosted its technology risk assurance team in Birmingham with the appointment of a new partner.
Dee Vaghela has joined from EY and in his new role will focus on supporting new and existing external audit clients leveraging technology solutions.
He has particular expertise within the natural resources and energy and manufacturing sectors.
Law firm The Wilkes Partnership has made six promotions in its West Midlands offices.
The new associate solicitors are Helen Smart (corporate), Lucy Cox (private client) and Elisabeth Conner (commercial litigation).
There is also a trio of new senior associates – Kirstie Forrester and Leighann Richards (real estate) and Sian Kenkre (family).
Law firm Enoch Evans has appointed Sara Morton as a senior solicitor in its matrimonial and family team in its Sutton Coldfield office.
She will work on matters related to divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships, financial matters following the breakdown of a relationship and nuptial agreements.
Ms Morton has more than 15 years of experience in the legal profession and most recently worked at FBC Manby Bowdler.