Three high-profile pub company bosses have rejected moves from Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) to potentially take the vacant chief executive role at the managed pub operator, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper reports that “informal” approaches were made to Simon Emeny, managing director at Fuller’s, Mike Tye, chief executive at Spirit, and Novus chief executive Steve Richards, but all three turned down the proposal. It’s unlikely that a chief executive will be in place until it’s known whether Piedmont, the investment vehicle of billionaire shareholder Joe Lewis, makes another bid for the company. This is not possible under Takeover Panel rules until April. M&B has been without a permanent chief executive since the departure of Adam Fowle last March.