Two key senior directors at Marston’s, the brewer and pub group, are to swap jobs. Stephen Oliver, head of the tenanted and leased pub division, is to take the helm at Marston’s Beer Company. The incumbent Alistair Darby will take Oliver’s job as managing director of Marston’s Pub Company. The company said the move reflected the board’s belief that the development of senior managers in different parts of the group had contributed to the growth of the business in recent years. Ralph Findlay told M&C Report: “One of the management challenges is to change people around to give them broader experience. It’s good for the company and it’s good for the individuals concerned.” Oliver previously ran the Marston’s beer business before the eponymous regional brewer was bought by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, which later adopted the name. He has also held a senior marketing position at Scottish & Newcastle. Darby held senior positions within Marston’s managed and tenanted pub divisions before joining the board as brands’ MD. He also ran pubs as managing director of Cameron’s, the Hartlepool-based group. Marston’s has one of the most stable senior management teams of any public company in the pub and restaurant sector, with Darby the last executive to join its board in 2003.

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