Dennis Hogan is to leave Compass Group North America to become the new managing director of the international contract caterer’s UK and Ireland business from 1 January 2014.

He will replace Ian Sarson who is moving to a new role as director of Healthcare & Senior Living for Compass Group in Europe & Japan. Both Hogan and Sarson will report directly to Andrew Martin, Compass Group chief operating officer, Europe & Japan.

Hogan has been with Compass for 17 years, in a number of operational and finance roles.

Martin said: “I’d like to thank Ian for the fantastic contribution he’s made to our business in the UK & Ireland over the last three and a half years. He leaves it in great shape and I’m delighted that Dennis will be joining to lead it through the next exciting stage of its development.

“The creation of Ian’s new role underlines our commitment to the healthcare and seniors market, where we see considerable opportunities. Ian will help to shape our strategy and implement best practice across the region, helping us to unlock this significant growth potential.”