SA Brain, the Cardiff-based brewer, pub and coffee shop operator, has announced Kris Dungey will join the business as Group Head of Pub Operations from Monday.

Dungey joins from SSP Limited, where he was operations director, and has previously worked for JD Wetherspoon and Spirit.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Brains at such an exciting time. Their rich heritage, driven people and enviable portfolio of brands and property make them well placed for continued growth.  I am looking forward to meeting the full operations team over the coming weeks, and I am relishing the opportunity to work with the Brains team on exciting plans to deliver a successful future for the business.”

Brains chief executive Scott Waddington said: “The combination of Kris’s proven track record of team leadership, operational experience, industry insight and cultural fit made him the outstanding candidate for the position.  I am delighted to be welcoming Kris to the senior management team and have every confidence that he is the right operator to drive the delivery of our plans in our pub estate.”

Dungey’s appointment follows a senior management restructure at Brains in early 2014, which saw the appointments of Bruce Newman as group head of marketing and Jon Bridge as group head of people.