Stonegate appoints new chief executive

simon longbottomBar and pub operator Stonegate Pub Company has announced that Simon Longbottom (pictured) is to take over as chief executive.

He was, until recently, managing director of Greene King Pub Partners, the leased and tenanted arm of pub company and brewer Greene King.

He will take over from Toby Smith who announced last week his intention to step down as chief executive as soon as a replacement had been found.

His joining date is still to be agreed but he will work with Toby to ensure a smooth handover of the business so that Stonegate can build on the growth it has delivered this year.

Simon joined Greene King in 2010 as managing director of Pub Partners, which owns about 1,300 pubs, and was previously managing director of Gala Coral’s gaming division. He has over 12 years’ experience in the pub sector and has also held senior positions at Mill House Inns and Mitchells & Butlers.

Backed by private equity firm TDR Capital, Stonegate’s 625-stong estate includes many of the UK’s leading bar groups including Slug and Lettuce, Missoula, Yates’s, Scream and The Living Room.

Toby joined Stonegate in June 2011 after it acquired the Town and City Pub Company which he had led since 2008.

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