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Persimmon pops down the pub to grab its new chairman

From public houses to houses for the public ... Marston's chairman is quitting the pubs group to be the new chairman of Persimmon

Wonder what the discussions over remuneration were like?

House builder Persimmon PLC (LON:PSN) has nabbed Roger Devlin from pubs and brewing group Marston’s plc (LON:MARS) to be its new chairman.

Devlin, who is also the senior independent director of the Football Association (FA), will take over as Persimmon chairman on June 1 after resigning from Marston’s and the FA at the end of May.

READ: Persimmon's chairman to retire, senior independent director quits in row over executive pay scheme

Devlin will take over from Persimmon’s senior independent director, Nigel Mills, who was acting as chairman following the retirement of Nigel Wrigley, who walked the plank after the furore over the company’s ineptly conceived long term incentive plan (LTIP) for senior management, which resulted in chief executive Jeff Fairburn being awarded a £100mln bonus for working “very hard”.

Fairburn subsequently set up a private charitable trust in an attempt to defuse the public outrage over the LTIP, which saw around £500mln shared out among senior management.

“I am sure that his wide business experience and his personal qualities will enable him to make a significant contribution to the future of the group," said Mills.

Devlin said he looked forward to working with Fairburn.

He said he was leaving behind a “great business” in Marston’s.

“The company benefits from a strong board, well-established leadership team and a clear strategic plan for continued growth,” Devlin said.

Marston’s said the process for a replacement is underway and an update on the succession will be provided in due course.

Shares in Persimmon were down 7p at 2,543p in the first hour of trading while Marston’s shares were down 1.7p at 102.2p.

Quick facts: Persimmon

Price: £19.10

Market: LSE
Market Cap: £6.08 billion

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