Former Elior boss Michael Audis has joined education catering specialist the Brookwood Partnership as chief executive.
He is joined by ex-colleague Phil Foster, who has come on board as finance director, the same role he previously held at Elior.
Brookwood's managing partners Kate Martin, Sue Parfett and Graham Sibthorp took the decision to create the new roles in order to plug a skills gap at board level, while they continue to focus on retaining existing and gaining new clients.
Audis was chief executive at Elior for eight years to 2010, where he was responsible for a turnover of £280m, 12,000 employees and more than 1,000 clients.
His hospitality career began on the Forte executive training programme and he subsequently held senior roles in sales and operational management both at Forte and also Gardner Merchant (now Sodexo).
Foster qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers before he joined Princes Foods and Drinks, latterly as finance director, in its food manufacturing division.
Foster joined Brakes foodservice in 2002 before being named finance director at French-owned contract caterer Elior.
Sue Parfett said "Michael and Phil are an excellent fit with Brookwood. They are like-minded and really nice people. They will give us the opportunity to focus on our clients and our teams and help us develop Brookwood whilst retaining what is best about the company."
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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