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(l-r) Charlie Brown, Sarah Sergeant and Ian Cranna

Compass strengthens executive team

Food and support services company, Compass Group UK & Ireland, has bolstered its executive team with a number of key appointments.

Ian Cranna has been appointed to the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Cranna joins the business from Starbucks and has over 25 years’ experience working for major retail and food and beverage brands.

Charlie Brown has been appointed Managing Director of Chartwells, the company’s education business, following the departure of Richard Taylor at the end of January. Most recently Compass UK’s Transformation Director, Brown has held senior operational roles across a number of Compass sectors including Chartwells and was Managing Director for its Government Services and 14Forty businesses. Prior to joining Compass, he was at Whitbread for 10 years.

Also joining the UK & Ireland executive team as Finance Director is Sarah Sergeant, who takes over from Kate Dunham, interim Finance Director and has been in the Compass family for over 12 years, most recently as Financial Controller for Compass Group Plc. Prior to this Sergeant worked as the company’s Chief Financial Officer for Asia Pacific. She has a strong finance background having spent the first nine years of her career at Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Commenting on the appointments Robin Mills, Managing Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland said:Compass’ key strength is its brilliant people and I’m delighted to welcome Ian to the Compass family and congratulate Charlie and Sarah on their appointments. We have an exciting year ahead of us and these new appointments will be integral as we drive Compass forward on its growth journey and shape our future business strategy.”

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