Fuller’s first non-family boss brewing up new acquisitions

FULLER, Smith and Turner has appointed a chief executive from outside the pub group and brewer’s family heritage for the first time in its 168-year history.

The firm said yesterday that Simon Emeny, a company veteran, would take charge of Fuller’s from executive chairman Michael Turner in July.

Emeny, who has been with the company since 1996, said yesterday he would not be making any immediate changes to Fuller’s strategy. The firm has weathered the economic downturn, which has hit other pub groups, due to its focus on the buoyant south east as well as the popularity of its London Pride beer.

“We have been very successful and that will continue under my leadership,” Emeny told City A.M., adding that he would follow in his predecessor’s footsteps by looking for opportunities to acquire more pubs. “We have got the financial strength to move very quickly,” Emeny said.

Turner, who will continue as chairman, said: “[Emeny] has delivered a first class performance during his time with Fuller’s and I know he is the right person.”