The merger between Carlsberg UK and Marston’s to form Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company has been completed, and the joint venture has appointed Carlsberg executive Paul Davies as its CEO.
The £780 million merger was initially announced in May, and was approved by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority last month. Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company will bring together international, national and regional beer brands from the two companies’ portfolios, and will have access to Marston’s nationwide network of pubs.
Davies joins the new joint venture following a spell as managing director at Carlsberg Poland, a role he has held since 2019. Davies has previously held other roles at Carlsberg in the UK and Sweden, and he also served as the vice-president of craft & speciality at Carlsberg Group.
Davies will lead a management team which includes executives from both Carlsberg and Marston’s Brewing Company (MBC). Former MBC managing director Richard Westwood has been appointed as chief operating officer, integration; Adam Stubbs has been appointed chief financial officer; while current Marston’s CEO Ralph Findlay has been appointed as non-executive chairman of the new joint venture.
Following the completion of the merger, the former managing director of Carlsberg UK, Tomasz Blawat, has opted to leave Carlsberg. Blawat will reportedly support the integration process until the end of this year.
Paul Davies, CEO, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company said: “This is a significant moment for us as we create a new, better beer company, with a sustainable future in UK brewing. We have a rare opportunity to create a unique beer business which combines over 300 years of brewing heritage and an unrivalled portfolio of brands, each with authenticity and provenance.
“I am delighted to lead Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company with the support of a new, experienced management team. We would like to thank Tomek for leading the transaction process over the past 12 months, and we wish him well in his future endeavours back in Poland.
“Today is the start of our journey towards Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company becoming the UK’s best beer platform; and whilst together with the wider beer and pub industry we will need to navigate a deeply challenging time ahead, as a result of the impact of Coronavirus, we will aim to help our customers to grow by offering an unrivalled portfolio of premium beer brands, excellent customer service and route to market scale.”