Compass Group has appointed Colin Bailey as managing director for the foodservice operator's sports, leisure and hospitality business.
Bailey takes up his new role next month, succeeding Matthew Thompson who will become director of group sports and leisure for Compass Group PLC.
Ian Sarson, group managing director of Compass, said: "The success of Compass' Sports, Leisure and Hospitality business is built on our unparalleled knowledge of this sector and our passion for delivering an outstanding guest experience.
"Colin brings both of these vital qualities to this role and I'm extremely pleased to announce his appointment and welcome him to the UK & Ireland Executive team.
"I would also like to thank Matthew Thompson for his outstanding contribution to our business and wish him every success in his new role within our global team."
Bailey joined the company in 2010 as managing director of Jockey Club Catering until his role was enhanced when he became business director of the leisure division.
Prior to Compass, Bailey held a number of senior positions including finance director and managing director roles in the hotel and leisure industry, with the majority of his career spent working with Greenalls Group and De Vere Group.