Heineken has announced changes to the management of its company Star Pubs & Bars which owns over 1,000 leased and tenanted sites.
Lawson Mountstevens (pictured top), currently managing director on-trade for Heineken UK, has been appointed to the new role of managing director of Star Pubs & Bars within the group’s overall UK management team.
The new role of director on-trade has been created, also on Heineken’s UK management team, which will be taken by Chris Jowsey (pictured below) who currently heads Star Pubs & Bars as trading director. He will lead Heineken’s on-trade business, providing a strong focus on serving regional and national customers.
Chris has been in his current role for three years after previously being commercial director for Heineken UK and managing director of John Smith’s and Newcastle Breweries.
Lawson joined Grand Met Brewing as a graduate trainee in 1990 and has held numerous commercial roles with Scottish Courage, Scottish & Newcastle and now Heineken.
Lawson and Chris will both report into Heineken’s UK managing director, David Forde. Their current roles will be absorbed into the new structure after they take up the new positions on February 1.
Working with its lessees, Star Pubs & Bars’ estate features many well-known and award-winning bars and pubs around the country including City Tavern in Newcastle upon Tyne, The Jolly Botanist in Edinburgh, Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen in Aberdeen, The Butchershop Bar & Grill in Glasgow, and the Blackie Boy and All Seeing Eye in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Known until 2012 as Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, Star Pubs & Bars was created out of the estate that became part of Heineken in its takeover of Scottish & Newcastle in 2008.