Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has announced that after 29 years of loyal service, Richard Cox, brand operations director for Harvester, has decided to take early retirement.

Cox joined M&B in 1986 and has worked in a number of senior positions in the organisation across many of its brands.

The company said that Cox was an example of the breadth of experience that M&B holds and although he will be missed by many of his colleagues, “this is an opportunity to welcome new talent from both outside the organisation and develop individuals within our existing talent pool”.

Chief executive Phil Urban said: “Richard’s passion for the business and his commitment will be missed by his many colleagues and friends, who I know will join me in wishing him all the very best for the future.”

The recruitment process has begun and an announcement will be made in due course.