Bedford-brewer and pub operator Charles Wells has promoted MD of brewing and brands, Justin Phillimore, to chief executive, replacing Paul Wells.
Phillimore will begin his new role at the end of September, as a number of other board changes come into force. Paul Wells, who has spent 17 years as CEO, will now take on the role as chairman for Charles Wells Ltd. Peter Wells, currently managing director of Charles Wells UK pubs, will become the commercial director of Charles Wells, with responsibility for all sales and marketing across brewing and retail. The board changes are the next stage of Charles Wells’ reintegration of its brewing and pub businesses.
Justin Phillimore said: 'I’m excited about taking the chief executive role for our combined business operations and looking forward to working with the outstanding teams we have here. We have a well-developed strategy which includes driving our managed house operations in the UK and France, working with our partners to continue development of our excellent beer portfolio and providing a commitment to the highest quality service for our customers.'
Paul Wells said: 'I am delighted to be able to hand over the chief executive role to Justin Phillimore to drive the next chapter of development of Charles Wells. As chairman I will remain closely involved but also focus on new initiatives for our family companies. Peter has extensive experience in our pubs business and the role of commercial director enables him to bring his retail insights to a wider audience. Peter will be one of three members of the Wells family still involved in the business on a daily basis.'
The rest of the board – which consists of Anthony Fryer (finance director), Andrea Holton (France & HR director), Tony Mair, Paul Rawlinson and Bob Ivell (all three non-executive directors) – remains unchanged.