Stonegate Pub Company has announced that Simon Longbottom, managing director of Greene King Pub Partners, is to replace Toby Smith as chief executive of the managed operator.

In a statement, Stonegate said: “Longbottom brings with him a wealth of experience in the pub and bar sector having held senior positions at Mitchells & Butlers and Mill House Inns and will take up the position on a date to be agreed.

“Toby Smith has agreed to work with Simon to ensure a smooth handover of the business and build on the growth that Stonegate has delivered this year.”