We are pleased to announce that Richard Smothers will be joining Greene King in December 2017, and joining the board as Chief Financial Officer in February 2018.

Richard joins from Mothercare plc where he has been Chief Financial Officer since March 2015. Previously, Richard was Director of Group Finance at Rexam plc from 2011. Prior to this, Richard spent 14 years in a number of senior finance roles at Tesco plc, including Finance Director for UK operations and Finance Director, Asia.

Rooney Anand, Chief Executive Officer of Greene King, said:

“I am delighted that Richard Smothers is joining us as Chief Financial Officer. Richard has 20 years of experience at blue chip retail and consumer-focused companies in senior financial roles. He is a great addition to the executive team as we seek to become Britain’s best pub company and to continue to deliver long-term growth and value to shareholders.”

Richard is replacing Kirk Davis, who will be leaving Greene King at the end of January 2018 to become Chief Financial Officer of the Restaurant Group.

Philip Yea, Chairman of Greene King, said:

“On behalf of the board I would like to thank Kirk for his contribution over the past three years during the acquisition and integration of Spirit. We wish Kirk well for the future.”