Punch Taverns has announced the appointment of John Healy as its new director of contracts and purchasing. Healy, who joins the company from Pubmaster, where he led the commercial department, will be primarily responsible for the negotiation of wet-led supply deals for beer brands. Punch bought Pubmaster for £1.2bn in November 2003, forming the UK's largest tenanted and leased pubs business, with 7,400 pubs. Francis Patton, customer services director at Punch, said: "This is proof that we want to retain the best talent from both businesses."