Chester Boyd has announced the promotion of Sarah Pittaway to managing director, 13 months after she joined the high-end event caterer.
Pittaway will assume her new role at the CH&Co-owned business from 1 March, when she will oversee the seven London Livery Halls in the Chester Boyd portfolio.
The creation of the managing director post brings the catering brand's structure in line with its sister businesses, including Charlton House and Lusso.
Reporting to CH&Co joint chief executive Alison Tyler, Pittaway, who was most recently director of operations, is tasked with directing support up and down the management chain.
Peter Martin, who has moved within CH&Co to become the new operations manager, and executive chef Karen Poynter, who joined 15 years' ago, will report directly to Pittaway.
Tyler commented: "Sarah and Chester Boyd fit hand in glove. She has earned this recognition through skill and hard work, and will enhance our commitment to serve the highest standards of food and service at Livery Halls. Sarah will lead our relationships with both the Livery Companies and our commercial customer base."
Before joining Chester Boyd, Pittaway commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst serving with the Royal Corps of Signals in Germany, Cyprus and Afghanistan.
Subsequently, she was assistant private secretary to HRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; chief of staff for Baroness Emma Nicholson at the House of Lords; worked at Ernst and Young LLP (now EY) and was latterly chief executive of the Wren Press.