Andy Crump, the head of Punch’s Falcon division, has left the company, MCA has learnt.

Development director David Wigham is to take on responsibility for the division for the immediate future.

The retail contracts division has been a key plank in Punch’s post-pubs code strategy and Crump was one of chief executive Duncan Garrood’s first significant promotions.

He has worked for Punch in a variety of roles since 2007.

As revealed by MCA last month, the success of the Falcon division has prompted Punch to introduce a similar agreement aimed at wet-led pubs, known as Front of House and led by operations director, Giles Kendall.

Garrood told MCA: “Andy Crump has taken the decision to resign from Punch. We thank Andy for his service and wish him well for the future.

“Development Director David Wigham has taken on leadership of the Falcon Division in the interim, with a focus on ensuring continued delivery of its key strategic priorities.”

A takeover bid for Punch by Heineken and Patron Capital is currently awaiting clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority.