Arena announces Ei Group chief Simon Townsend for Savoy lecture

08/02/2018 - 07:00
Chief executive of UK pub company Ei Group, Simon Townsend, will give a talk at the Savoy Hotel, London on 16 April, in an event laid on by hospitality networking specialist, Arena.

Townsend, who joined Ei Group (then Enterprise Inns) in 1999, will give an insight into the business’s significant shift in model and strategy since its change in name.

He will also explain the opportunities available to sector suppliers and partners and how to maximise them.

Townsend was appointed to the board of Ei Group a year after joining the company in 2000 and became chief executive of the group in February 2014.

Before that, he worked in a variety of sales, marketing, commercial and operational roles with Whitbread PLC, Allied Domecq PLC, The Rank Group Plc and Marston, Thompson & Evershed PLC.

Townsend will also discuss-

  • The motivation behind the strategy to transform Ei Group from its origin of tenanted and leased pubs to managed houses
  • The size and timeframe of the ambition
  • The process, challenges, opportunities and key learnings for Ei Group
  • A central purchasing function and the increased opportunities for suppliers and partners to work with Ei Group
  • The remodelling of Ei Group’s tenanted and leased arm and the further opportunities it’s created

The lecture will form part of an event that also includes a drinks reception and three-course dinner with wine.

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