The change of managing director at PLB takes effect on 1 January

The change of managing director at PLB takes effect on 1 January

PLB has confirmed a change of managing director in time for the start of next year.

The UK drinks importer and distributor said earlier today (30 September) that Peter Darbyshire, who has held the role for six-and-a-half years, will stand down at the end of December. Darbyshire, who will stay on as a non-executive director, will be replaced by PLB's sales director, John Osborne.

Having joined PLB from university in 1997, Osborne became sales director in 2008.

The move has been “in the planning for some time”, said PLB, following a restructure that has seen the firm split into sectors - on-trade, wholesale, convenience, retail, and a beer and RTD division.

PLB's owner, Jeffrey Fredericks, recently handed his executive chairmanship to his son, Simon Fredericks, the company's former finance director.