One of the most prominent figures in the UK pub industry is the head of C&C Group, the beverage producer behind brands such as Magners and Bulmers.
Sky News has learned that Ralph Findlay will replace Stewart Gilliland, the current chairman of C&C, after the company’s annual meeting next year.
The appointment is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Mr Findlay will step down as CEO of Marston’s later this month after two decades in his charge.
During the latter part of his tenure, he avoided an unsolicited takeover approach of Platinum Equity, a buyout firm, and led it through the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic.
At C&C, Mr. Findlay will join a company that has also been forced to deal with the impact of COVID-19[female[feminine.
Earlier this year, it raised £ 150million through a rights issue, one of several launched by companies in the consumer goods and hospitality sectors.
The Ireland-based but London-listed company also recorded an operating loss last year after seeing sales plummet due to the shutdown of many of the sites it supplies.
He also owns Tivez’s as well as local brands like Addlestones, Blackthorn Cider and Caledonia Best.
C&C and Marstons both declined to comment.