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Chris Garside appointed Managing Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Garside as Managing Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, effective from 1 October 2017. Chris, currently Managing Director – ESS and Chartwells, will replace Dennis Hogan. 

Dennis will return to the United States to take on the role of CEO of Foodbuy, replacing Tony Shearer who will be retiring in 2018. Chris will report into Dominic Blakemore who, as announced recently, becomes Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Compass Group PLC, on 1 October 2017.

Dennis will remain in the UK & Ireland business until the end of the year and will work with Chris to enable a smooth transition. During the transition period Chris will continue to manage ESS, whilst Richard Taylor, currently COO of Chartwells, will become Managing Director - Chartwells.

Commenting on the appointments, Dominic Blakemore said: “I’d like to thank Dennis for the exceptional contribution he’s made to our UK & Ireland business over the last four years. Dennis’ focus on driving sustainable growth has put the business on a strong footing and I’m delighted that Chris will be leading our UK & Ireland team in the next stage of its journey. I’d like to congratulate Chris, Dennis and Richard on their new appointments.”




For more information contact:

UK Communications Team

Compass Group UK & Ireland


01895 554 999

Chris Garside