Former theme park executive to take the helm at Marston’s

A new CEO is set for pub chain Marston’s as Andrew Andrea agrees to step down with immediate effect.

His replacement is Justin Platt, most recently the chief strategy officer for Merlin Entertainments, where he has spent the last 12 years. He has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and consumer-facing businesses working for firms such as AstraZeneca and Kellogg’s.

William Rucker, Chair of Marston’s, will support the management transition in the short interim period with the executive team reporting directly into him.

Rucker said: “Andrew has worked for the Company for over 20 years and the Board thanks him for his valuable contribution, particularly in recent times, which has been one of the most challenging for our sector. He leaves with our very best wishes.

“Looking forward, I am very pleased to be able to announce the appointment of Justin Platt whose broad Consumer sector expertise, strategic acumen and prowess in customer experience at Merlin will be of great benefit to Marston’s at this stage in the Company’s journey.”

Andrew Andrea commented: “I am extremely proud to have navigated Marston’s out of the pandemic as a focussed pub business and put in place a first-class management team who are achieving market outperformance. This is the right time for me to step down and I am confident the business is in great shape with strong future potential. I wish William, Justin and the whole team continued success in the future.”

Justin Platt commented: “I am delighted to be joining Marston’s. The Company has massive potential and a passionate and talented team. I am really looking forward to working with the Board and the management team to deliver the sustainable business growth that will drive value for our shareholders.”

Platt will become CEO from 10 January 2024.

Current trading remains in line with management expectations. As previously highlighted, the Group will announce its preliminary results on Tuesday 5 December 2023.

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