Current CFO Kirk Davis is leaving the brewer and pub company to join The Restaurant Group

Greene King has appointed Richard Smothers as its chief financial officer.

Smothers previously worked for Mothercare plc as CFO, having also held a number of senior finance roles at Tesco.

“He is a great addition to the executive team as we seek to become Britain’s best pub company and to continue to deliver long-term growth and value to shareholders,” said Greene King CEO Rooney Anand.

He takes up the role from Kirk Davis, who will depart in late January 2018 to join The Restaurant Group as CFO.

It comes as the group in June posted a 6.9% rise in annual revenues to a record high of £2.22bn for the year ending 30 April 2017, which it said was driven by “good performance from the underlying business” and the additional seven weeks of Spirit trading in comparison with last year. Indeed, its EBITDA topped £500m for the first time in its history, hitting £524.1m - up 5.5% on the previous year.

But sales of Greene King’s branded beers, such as Abbot Ale, IPA Bitter and East Coast IPA, fell 2% (£500k) to £22.4m over the past year, on volumes down 6.4% [Nielsen 52 w/e 22 April 2017].