Mitchells & Butlers appoints new IT chief

Pub group Mitchells & Butlers has appointed Tony Bentham as director of business change and technology

Mitchells & Butlers, one of the UK’s leading hospitality groups, has appointed Tony Bentham as its new IT chief.

Bentham joins as director of business change and technology, replacing Martin Taylor. Bentham was previously interim CIO at Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) before Taylor’s appointment in October 2012.

Bentham has previously held IT leadership posts at Citibank and Bradford & Bingley, and has worked as a consultant at M&B since acting as interim CIO.

M&B, which owns pub brands such as Harvester, O'Neill's and All Bar One, has recently completed a major overhaul of its IT systems

Over a three-year period, the firm upgraded its corporate network, updated its point-of-sale tills, moved datacentres, implemented cloud technologies, virtualised 85% of all applications, and is implementing a Wi-Fi service to 1,600 outlets.

“Martin Taylor has decided to leave Mitchells & Butlers after seven years to spend time with his family before pursuing a new career path," said an M&B spokeswoman. "We would like to thank Martin for his significant contribution to leading our technology journey and always showing great passion for our people and the business.

“We are pleased to announce Tony Bentham has been appointed as director of business change and technology. Tony brings with him a wealth of experience and has already worked with us over the past two years as a consultant. We look forward to welcoming Tony to M&B on a permanent basis."

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