Thresher chief heads to Punch

31 October, 2008

Former Thresher chief executive Roger Whiteside has been named managing director of pub company Punch Taverns' leased estate.

Whiteside, who headed the Thresher Group from 2004-2007, was replaced by Yvonne Rankin after the chain was bought by private equity firm Vision Capital.

He is to take over in November from Deborah Kemp, who has been with Punch for 25 years .

After Whiteside left Thresher Group he became a non-executive director of baker Greggs

and h e has work ed for Marks & Spencer and Ocado.

Punch chief executive Giles Thorley said: "Roger has a long and diverse career in the retail sector and brings with him exceptional experience which will be invaluable to the group in taking our leased business to the next stage of its development."




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