Compass Group has appointed Russell Scanlon as director of business development for its Instore brand, which offers restaurant and café services for high-street retailers.
In this newly created position, Scanlon has assumed responsibility for client sales and marketing within the Instore business, which is part of Compass's B&I division, Eurest.
The appointment comes as part of Instore's plans to expand into new markets. Recent contract wins include a five-year multimillion-pound deal to introduce coffee shops to 30 Homebase stores around the UK and a £2.4m partnership with Garson's Garden Centre in Hampshire.
Scanlon has returned to Compass after four years as sales and marketing director at Lexington Catering. He previously worked for Restaurant Associates, the executive dining division of Compass as business development manager from 2008 to 2010.
Andy Barry, Eurest managing director, commented: "Russell has extensive experience in our industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to help drive our growth. I have no doubt he'll be an invaluable addition to the team, supporting our market leader status."
Scanlon said he was thrilled to be back at Compass. "The opportunity to work with the UK's leading retailers to provide their customers with the very best foodservice solution for their business is a great honour, and a challenge to be relished," he added.