Mitchells and Butlers has appointed Tony Bates, chief operating officer of COLT Telecom Group as new non-executive director.
Before joining the M&B board in 2004 as group chief financial officer, Bates previously spent 12 years at EMI Group in the same position, and then as executive vice president of EMI Recorded Music.
Meanwhile, Choice Hotels Europe, operator of the Comfort, Quality, Clarion and Sleep Inn brands, has appointed a new operations manager to support the group’s UK properties.
Ronnie Orr joins the group from Folio Hotels where he held the position of regional operations director for Northern England. With 25 years experience of working within the hotel industry, Orr has previously worked at Corus, Embassy , Thistle and MacDonald Hotels.
His appointment falls in line with Choice Hotels Europe’s aim to further develop relationships with its UK-based franchisees.