Fuller, Smith and Turner will be raising a glass today after it announced it has appointed a new managing director to lead its beer company.
Simon Dodd will take up the role as managing director of its brewing arm and join the board of directors on 1 August.
Fuller's makes London Pride, Quintessential British Pale Ale and Oliver's Island Golden Ale, as well as Cornish Orchards cider.
In a trading update last week, Fuller’s said its beer and cider volumes were down five per cent in the 16 weeks to 16 July. This was a more pronounced fall than the like-for-like sales at its tenanted pubs, which dropped by two or more per cent. Like-for-like sales in its managed pubs and hotels division rose by 2.1 per cent.
Dodd joined Fuller's in January 2015 as operations director for the company's premium city pubs division, where he delivered "a strong financial performance and proved to be an inspirational leader".
He previously held senior operational and marketing roles at Ladbrokes, Mitchells & Butlers and Orchid Group, where he was chief operating officer.
Chief executive Simon Emeny said: "Simon's enthusiasm, intellect and professionalism, combined with his industry experience, proved a real asset to Fuller's in his previous role. It's great news that he will be leading the beer company and I'm delighted to be welcoming him to the board."