HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, UK

Welcome Break CEO steps down to take new role at restaurant group

Rod McKie will take up a new position as worldwide chief executive officer of restaurant group Sticks ’n’ Sushi in July.

He will serve as a non-executive Director role at Welcome Break with effect from June 2018.

Rod McKie said, “I have enjoyed a wonderful 15 years at Welcome Break, but feel now is the right time to accept a new challenge. However, I will still be directly involved with Welcome Break as an adviser and non-executive director and look forward to contributing to its continued success."

He added, “During the past 13 years as Chief Executive I have been proud to lead a management team that together with the strong support of our shareholders, has been responsible for the biggest overhaul of the company since it was founded in 1959. In particular, the business has been fully transformed into the first fully branded motorway service operator, with over 14 brand partners.

Welcome Break chairman Darren Kyte added, “I would like to thank Rod for all his hard work and dedication over the years, which has contributed hugely to the success of Welcome Break over the past 15 years. On behalf of the Board and the shareholders, I wish Rod every success with his new endeavours, and we are very pleased that he will be staying with the business in a new non-executive role.

As part of a management transition, Robbie Bell (currently CFO) has been appointed CEO. Further appointments to the senior team are also currently being finalised, also to allow Robbie’s timely succession.

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