Greene King has appointed former Pizza Hut chief operating officer, Wayne Shurvinton, as managing director for its Pub Partners tenanted and leased division.

He will replace John Forrest who is leaving the business to take up a new position in the healthcare sector.

Shurvinton joins Greene King this week and takes up his new role on 5 October.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand said: “I am delighted to welcome Wayne to lead our Pub Partners business. His experience in building partnerships and developing a growth strategy will translate well to the tenanted and leased sector and be invaluable as we continue to grow the Pub Partners division. I would also like to thank John Forrest for his contribution to our retail and Pub Partners businesses over the last three years. He goes with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.”

Shurvinton has spent the past nine years at Yum! Brands, most recently as chief operating officer for Pizza Hut across the UK & Europe.

Forrest leaves Greene King after just under three years in the role. He replaced Clive Chesser as managing director of Pub Partners last October and was previously chief operating officer on the managed side of the business.

The Pub Partners estate encompasses c1,100 pubs. In the year to 29 April, like-for-like net profit was up 0.4% with overall revenue at £193.9m.