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Conviviality makes new board appointments

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has reported that Jennifer Laing has become a non-executive director of the group while Mark Aylwin has joined the Conviviality board as managing director of Conviviality Direct.

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Conviviality makes new board appointments

Having spent over 30 years in the advertising industry, Laing is currently a non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee of Premier Foods.

She spent 16 years with Saatchi & Saatchi, most recently as chief executive and chairman of North America, and prior to that was chairman of the London office. Her previous roles also include non-executive directorships at InterContinental Hotels Group and Hudson Global.

David Adams, chairman of Conviviality, said: "Jennifer's in-depth knowledge of branding, marketing and advertising, as well as her experience on the board of a global hotel group with a large franchisee base, further diversifies the board's skill-set. We look forward to her insight as we continue to grow both our franchisee network and our on-trade business, and become a more valuable partner to our suppliers in promoting their brands across the UK.”

Meanwhile, Aylwin joined Conviviality in January 2016 as managing director of Matthew Clark which Conviviality acquired last year. Having worked in the food and drinks industry for over 35 years, his previous roles include working with companies such as Booker Group, Blueheath, Safeway and Musgrave Group.

In a statement, Conviviality said Aylwin had been instrumental in helping the group realise benefits from the Matthew Clark acquisition and will continue this work as the group completes the proposed acquisition of Bibendum.

Adams added: "Mark has been a great addition to the management team since he joined Conviviality in January 2016 and I look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience as the group develops."

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