Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Ian Sarson its new group MD.

He takes up the role this month, replacing Ian El-Mokadem who is leaving after four years.

Sarson has had a long career in food, support services and hospitality, including a spell in Asia. He moves up from the role of MD for specialist markets, which included healthcare and education.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian El-Mokadem for his hard work, passion and energy and wish both Ians every success in their careers," said group CEO Richard Cousins.