New Scottish sales boss for Star

• Gary Corney of Star Pubs & Bars.
• Gary Corney of Star Pubs & Bars.

STAR Pubs & Bars has announced a shake-up of its management team that has seen Scottish sales boss Ken McGown move to a new role within the company.

McGown, who has been the company’s operations and sales director for Scotland and the north of England since 1995, has been appointed to the new role of retail development director.
He is succeeded by Gary Corney, formerly head of sales and marketing capability for Star parent company Heineken UK.
“It’s a great time to be joining Star Pubs & Bars,” said Corney.
“Heineken has big ambitions for its UK pub estate and is committed to investing in it to develop long term sustainable, quality pub businesses.
“I am very much looking forward to this new challenge.”
Chris Jowsey, trading director at Star Pubs & Bars, said Corney’s trade experience will be “invaluable” to the company moving forward.
“Gary has a huge breadth of experience in the licensed trade and a real understanding of the needs and issues of licensees which should be invaluable for our Scottish lessees,” said Jowsey.
Meanwhile, the company has claimed that almost a third of its Scottish lessees have signed up to a new deal offering a discounted subscription to Sky Ultimate.
The deal, launched earlier this year, offers Star Pubs & Bars lessees a 30% discount on a Sky Ultimate subscription when they agree to stock a specified range of products from Heineken.