The Board of Mitchells & Butlers plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Alistair Darby as Chief Executive.

Alistair Darby is currently Chief Operating Officer of Marston's plc, where he has been on the Board since February 2003. Since rejoining Marston's in 1997, he has held a number of senior operational and strategic roles, including leadership of its branded and suburban managed pubs, its beer division and its tenanted and leased pub company. Following his success at Marston's Pub Company, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011.

Alistair has more than 20 years' experience working on some of the UK's best known brands in the pub, drinks and consumer sectors, including roles with Mars Confectionery, Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries and United Distillers.

Alistair will take up his role as Chief Executive on 8 October 2012. Following a short period of induction and handover, Bob Ivell will revert to the role of Non-Executive Chairman.

Bob Ivell, Executive Chairman, commented on the appointment: "The Board and I are all delighted to announce the appointment of Alistair as Chief Executive following an extensive and rigorous search process. I am confident that we have secured the right person for the role and that drawing on his wealth of operational and brand experience, Alistair will contribute greatly to M&B's continued strong performance."

Alistair Darby said: "Mitchells & Butlers is a market-leading business with tremendous potential that is well advanced on a transformation programme. I am excited by the opportunity to lead the Company and, together with the management team, to build on M&B's strong estate, brands and operations."

The Company confirms that there is no further information about Alistair Darby requiring disclosure under paragraph 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.

For further information:

Tim Jones
Finance Director
0121 498 6514
James Murgatroyd
RLM Finsbury
0207 251 3801

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Mitchells & Butlers is the leading operator of restaurants and pubs in the UK. Its leading portfolio of brands includes Harvester, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Premium Country Dining Group, Crown Carveries, Sizzling Pubs, Browns, Metro Professionals, All Bar One, Nicholson's, O'Neills and Ember Inns. Further details are available at