Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC, the UK family-controlled brewer, has announced the promotion of a non-family head to run the business.
Simon Emeny, currently managing director of the pub side of the business, will assume the new position of group managing director on 1 November.
Although he will report to sixth-generation chairman Michael Turner, Emeny will assume overall responsibility for company operations. Turner said in a statement: "Simon has a wealth of experience in the beer and pub industry which will help him drive the business forward whilst preserving our core values."
As part of the shake-up at the top, Anthony Fuller steps down as a non-executive director after 43 years on the board.
Other family members who still work for the 165-year-old company include non-exec James Fuller and sales and personnel director Richard Fuller.
Emeny takes over at a good time. The company announced a stellar set of results last month. Revenue was up 8% to £227.7 million while adjusted profit before tax was up 17% to £26.6 million for the 12 months ending March 2010.
The west London-based brewer was also joint winner of the 2010 Family Business Honours programme, held by JP Morgan Private bank and the Institute for Family Business. (Continue reading here)
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