Ian Dyson, the new Punch Taverns chief executive, has bought 100,000 shares in the company for £65,850, writes Ewan Turney. Former Marks & Spencer finance director Dyson paid 65.85p per share and now has 300,000 ordinary shares in the company. Dyson took over from Giles Thorley in September this year although has so far kept a low profile. He began his career as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, and became a partner in 1994. He left that year to become finance director at the Meridien hotels division of Forte. He then moved to join to join the Hilton Group, where he was group financial controller and financial director for the international hotels division from 1996 to 1999. Dyson then joined Rank Group as finance director, where he helped lead the leisure group through a substantial restructuring. He went to Marks & Spencer in 2005.