THE head of an internet gaming giant has been poached to lead a Burton brewing giant.
Marston’s, based in Shobnall Road, has announced that Roger Devlin will be appointed as chairman with effect from September 1 when David Thompson steps down.
He is currently Chairman of Gamesys (one of Europe’s largest internet gaming businesses), SIS (the sports media group) and Porthaven Nursing Homes.
He told the Mail: ““Marston’s is a great business generating industry leading returns through the vigorous implementation of a consistent strategy well suited to today’s trading environment.
“I look forward to working with the team to build on this success in Burton.”
In 2012, he was appointed the first Independent non-executive director by the Football Association.
He was also chairman of the Principal Hayley Group, a leading hotel and conference venue operator until its sale to Starwood Capital in February 2013, and until 2011 served as a non-executive director of National Express and RPS Group.
David Thompson, outgoing chairman, said: ‘‘It is a pleasure to hand over the chairmanship to Roger Devlin.
“He brings to Marston’s his intellectual rigour and extensive board experience.
“He has thorough knowledge of hospitality and leisure, and his background in sport and on-line businesses will add to our relationships with our customers.’’
After graduating in law at Oxford University, he started his career at Hill Samuel in 1978 and went on to lead their New York and mergers and acquisitions businesses.
Between 1995 and 2006, he was corporate development director at Hilton, including Ladbrokes.
Chief executive Ralph Findlay said: ‘‘We are delighted to welcome Roger to the board of Marston’s as our next chairman.
“He brings significant and relevant experience which will be tremendously valuable as we continue to develop the company.
“I would also like to thank David Thompson for his immense contribution to Marston’s over 35 years.”