The British Beer and Pub Association has appointed Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fullers as its new chairman.
He will be succeeding David Forde, managing director of Heineken UK.
Emeny has served on the BBPA board since 2015 and takes his new role at a time when the British pub industry is facing a period of economic uncertainty and regulatory turbulence.
“I am delighted to be taking on this role. Industry-wide issues have never been more important in our sector as we pace the pressures of high taxation and the upcoming challenges of Brexit,” he said.
The outgoing Forde wished his successor well in light of the new challenges: “I know he will find the role a very rewarding challenge and will help steer the industry through uncertain times. As well as tackling the vital agenda of high taxation, we must ensure the industry has the investment and skills it needs to grow and thrive.”