Stonegate, the UK’s largest pub operator, has announced that BrewDog president and chief operating officer David McDowall will replace Simon Longbottom as CEO in February.
Stonegate operate 4,500 pubs nationwide and are the operators of the Slug and Lettuce and Popworld brands.
Longbottom will remain a shareholder after his departure next year.
McDowall has worked for Brewdog in senior roles for the last eight years.
Stonegate said: “[McDowall] is a highly regarded operator who has been instrumental in building BrewDog, which has grown exponentially since its inception in 2007. Today, BrewDog is a true disruptor in the pub and brewing space, as well as a leading player in the craft beer revolution.”
David McDowall added: “Stonegate is an outstanding business, with a clear strategy, highly capable management team and hugely exciting future. I am passionate about pubs and the wider brewing sector and am looking forward to joining the team and further unlocking the clear potential of this great business.”