Adnams announces first female CEO in company’s history

By Nikkie Thatcher

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New role: Jenny Hanlon is Adnams' first female CEO in the company's history
New role: Jenny Hanlon is Adnams' first female CEO in the company's history

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Suffolk-based business Adnams has appointed Jenny Hanlon as chief executive officer – its first female CEO in its 150-year history.

She is succeeding Dr Andy Wood, who will remain with the business until the end of the year in a consultancy capacity before retiring.

Hanlon was previously Adnams chief financial officer. Her appointment follows a long-term succession plan announced last July and was approved by the board today (Thursday 28 March).

Andy Wood’s career Adnams career spans nearly three decades including 14 years as CEO where he led the company’s transformation from a regional brewing business to a diversified beer, wine and spirits firm with a pub, hotel and retail estate.

Hugely exciting time

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013 and previously served as HRH The Prince of Wales’ ambassador for responsible business in the east of England.

Hanlon started her career with Ernst & Young and she has previously held senior finance roles with Greene King, Barclays, Willis plc, iprism and GRP Group while she joined the Adnams board in 2020.

On her appointment, she said: “This is a hugely exciting time to be taking the reins from Andy. The Adnams brand is cherished and championed by colleagues and customers, in its heartland of the east of England, across the Wider UK and throughout dozens of countries around the world.

“Looking ahead, what’s important is we keep evolving and keep innovating – our brand and product portfolio, our brewing, distilling and distribution operations and our estate – while continuing to support our customers, communities and colleagues with the same values and commitments that have served us so well.”

Unique strengths

Wood said it had been an honour and privilege to lead Adnams, which was a business at the heart of its Suffolk community for more than 150 years.

He added: “While the markets we operate in continue to face many challenges, I’m confident Adnams has the vision and values to build on its incredible success story in the years ahead and to remain a proud innovator in the market.”

Chairman Dr Jonathan Adnams described Wood as a “driving force” in building the business into what it is today by leading with principle and professionalism.

“We will forever be grateful for the lasting impact he has had on Adnams and wish him well for the future," he said.

“Jenny is the ideal candidate to lead us through the next chapter of Adnams’ evolution, both in stabilising our financial footing​ but also capitalising on Adnams’ unique strengths.”

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