Investment manager Downing LLP has appointed Mark Crowther as the non-executive chairman of The Pub People group of companies, which recently merged with Autumn Pubs Ltd.
Mark previously successfully exited Liberation Group where he was chief executive for 11 years, having formed the group through its original buyout. He has also held senior positions at Carlsberg, Diageo, and Allied Domecq.
Andy Crawford, managing director of Pub People, said: “I am delighted to be working with Mark, who brings an enormous wealth of experience and expertise, and will add immense value to our business.”
Mark said: “Pub people is a good quality, predominantly freehold business, led by a great team who have developed the business over many years. With the support of Downing, it has an experienced and supportive sector-specialist investor in the pubs market.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Andy and his team, along with the other stakeholders, as we embark on an exciting acquisition plan within our target geography.”
Nick Carter, associate director at Downing, added: “We see terrific potential in the Pub People business. We are very excited about its future, despite the current economic challenges.
“Pubs will remain a cornerstone of the British culture and we are delighted to have Mark Crowther join the business to support Andy and the board for this next chapter.”