A leisure entrepreneur whose dealmaking prowess earned her the nickname ‘the pub superwoman’ is in talks to affix the board of Whitbread, the FTSE-100 hospitality group.
Sky News has learnt that Dame Karen Jones, who has been a distinguished trade determine for many years, is in superior negotiations about turning into a non-executive director of the corporate behind the Premier Inn motels chain.
City sources mentioned her appointment, if finalised, may very well be introduced inside days.
Dame Karen, who was a member of a council of enterprise advisers to Boris Johnson throughout his tenure as prime minister, just lately stepped down as govt chair of Prezzo, the restaurant chain.
Her present boardroom roles embrace a submit at The Crown Estate whereas earlier positions embrace Asos, the web style retailer, and Virgin Active, the gyms chain.
The businesswoman’s different notable leisure trade milestones embrace co-founding Café Rouge.
She earned her soubriquet after engineering offers together with the merger of Spirit, the pubs group she ran, with Punch Taverns, in 2006.
Her arrival on the board of Whitbread would come as its new chief govt Dominic Paul, takes the reins from Alison Brittain, the brand new Premier League chairwoman.
As nicely as Premier Inn, Whitbread owns Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Cookhouse Pub.Q
A Whitbread spokesman declined to touch upon Sunday.