Exclusive: IT supremo at Bradford & Bingley jumps ship

Robin Young is to leave nationalised bank Bradford & Bingley to head up an IT-enabled change programme at pub and restaurant group Mitchells & Butlers

Robin Young is to leave nationalised bank Bradford & Bingley to head up an IT-enabled change programme at pub and restaurant group Mitchells & Butlers (M&B).

In his new role as commercial director at M&B - owner of the All Bar One and O'Neill's pub chains - Young will report to group chief executive Adam Fowle. He will have responsibility for IT, projects, telephony, purchasing, food trading and electronic gaming.

Young is joining his new employer on a permanent basis on 1 June.

The firm's chief information officer (CIO) Mike Sackman will report into him and together they will be "placing particular focus on delivering outstanding value for money with the current outsourced IT providers".

"This is a fantastic opportunity to join a company starting a major change-journey in a different industry. Recently announced half-year results are excellent and M&B is in the final stages of creating a new executive team to deliver a food-focused strategic programme," Young told Computer Weekly.

"Advances in technology will play a key role in enabling M&B to land a highly successful business plan," he added.

Yesterday, M&B reported a better-than-expected 55% increase in half-year profits to £73m, compared with a £16m loss last year. Like-for-like sales increased by 1.8%.

In November last year, Young joined Bradford & Bingley as chief operating officer on an assignment that involved a major restructuring programme, technology being a significant part of it. During that stint, he hired the firm's head of IT and change, Tony Bentham, who remains in post.

Prior to that, he set up his own consultancy business, advising companies on change, IT and supply chain management. The company will continue to operate

Young also acted as CIO and director of change at Citigroup's UK retail division, leaving in October 2008 after 18 months of integration work following the acquisition of online bank Egg. He also worked in senior IT management positions at HBOS, now part of Lloyds Banking Group.

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