Former Punch chief executive Ian Dyson is to step down from the pubco’s board in January after six years.

The group also announced that Emma Fox, currently commercial director at Halfords, will join the board as a non-executive director. Fox has previously held senior marketing and commercial roles with Asda and Walmart in Canada. She spent the first 10 years of her career with the brewer and hospitality group, Bass plc (now Coors).

Dyson joined Punch as chief executive in September 2010 and, following the demerger of Spirit, he has been a non-executive director since August 2011.

Stephen Billingham, chairman of Punch, said: “We are very pleased that Emma will be joining the Board of Punch. She brings a wealth of commercial and marketing experience across a number of sectors with her roots firmly in the drinks business.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Ian for his significant contribution to Punch, first in delivering the demerger of Spirit and returning value to shareholders, and as a non-executive supporting the company during its successful financial restructuring in 2014 and the subsequent strategic review. We wish Ian well for the future.”

Fox said: “I’m delighted to be joining the board of Punch Taverns and excited to be back in the industry. It’s a great opportunity to join a strong talented team and I hope to add to that by bringing relevant experience from my current and previous roles across the retail and leisure sectors.”

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