C&C Group, the owner of Tennent’s and Magners, has appointed former Heineken UK managing director David Forde as its new CEO.
Forde has served in his managing role at Heineken UK since 2013. He has worked for the brewing company for 32 years in several leadership positions, including marketing director of Heineken Poland and general manager of Heineken UK.
The appointment follows the announcement earlier this year that Stephen Glancey had stepped down as CEO with immediate effect and that the Dublin-headquartered company would commence a search for his successor shortly.
Following Glancey’s departure, Stewart Gilliland was appointed interim executive chairman. Gilliland will continue in his current role until Forde joins, when he will revert to the role of non-executive chairman.
Forde will join C&C at the latest in early 2021, following the completion of a customary notice period.
“The board is delighted to announce David Forde as our new group CEO. Following a thorough evaluation of exceptional candidates for the position, we believe David has the requisite blend of brands, distribution and pub sector expertise to maximise the potential of our iconic brands and optimise the potential of our distribution capabilities,” said Stewart Gilliland, interim executive chairman.
David Forde, incoming group CEO, said: “I am extremely excited to be joining C&C, a company with great people, loved brands and a world class distribution infrastructure. I look forward, together with my new colleagues and the board, to further building the business into the future.”
C&C also announced the promotion of Patrick McMahon, current group strategy director, as group CFO to succeed Jonathon Solesbury who will retire from 1 September.
Gilliland added: “In Paddy we have a group CFO with an inimitable understanding and experience of our business. His progression through senior leadership positions within the business and integral role in the transformative Matthew Clark and Bibendum transaction make him the natural successor to Jonathan and ideal fit for this position.
“As we navigate the current challenges and uncertainty of Covid-19, these appointments represent an exciting new era for C&C which we believe will deliver long term value for all our stakeholders.”
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