Marston’s has appointed Andrew Andrea as its new chief executive officer. Andrea, who is currently the group’s chief financial officer and corporate development officer will take on the role from 3 October 2021, when current CEO Ralph Findlay will step down.

Findlay announced his decision to step down earlier this year, following 20 years in the role.

Andrea has 23 years’ experience within the pub and brewing industry and has served on Marston’s board since 2009. In addition he is currently a non-executive director of Portmeirion Group.

He joined the company in 2002 and has served as operations director, during which time he pioneered a highly innovative franchise agreement which is now widely adopted across the pub industry, said Marston’s.

Most recently, he project managed the disposal of Marston’s Beer Company covering all aspects of that transaction, both financial and non-financial, as well as co-ordinating the SA Brain operational agreement last year.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrea said: “I am delighted to have been selected to lead Marston’s at such an exciting time as it embarks on the next phase in its history as a focussed pub operator.

“Despite the challenges of the last year, I am confident that we have a great team of energised and engaged people to deliver our vision, and I look forward to working with them and the Board to return the business to growth and optimise the future opportunities available to us.”

William Rucker, chairman of Marston’s PLC, added: “Andrew was the strongest contender from a selection of extremely high calibre candidates under consideration and the unanimous choice of the board for the role of chief executive officer.

“He has clear drive, ambition and outstanding execution skills and these attributes, together with his deep knowledge of – and empathy for - the business, equip him well to lead Marston’s through the next stage of its development.”

A new CFO will be appointed in due course.