Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) managing director Jeremy Blood has quit with immediate effect after 21 years’ service with the brewer.
S&N was bought by a consortium of Dutch beer giant Heineken and the Danish Carlsberg last year but Blood cited “personal reasons” for his decision to leave.
Didier Debrosse, president of western Europe for Heineken, will look after S&N until a new MD is found.
He said: “I would like to thank (Blood) for his significant contribution to building both the company and its brand portfolio over the last 20 years and for his work over the last 12 months to integrate S&N and Heineken UK. We wish him well.
“S&N UK has a very strong and experienced management team and excellent employees, who will respond professionally and will remain focused on developing our UK business.”
S&N’s chief executive John Dunsmore left the company shortly after the Heineken takeover and joined cider maker C&C in the same role. His colleagues Stephen Glancey and Kenny Neison also made the switch and took up jobs as chief operating officer and strategy director respectively at the Magners maker.
S&N brands include Fosters, Kronenbourg, John Smith’s , Strongbow and Newcastle Brown Ale.