Mark Derry has taken on the role of chairman at Wright Brothers, a restaurant group and seafood wholesaler.
Derry, who spearheaded the growth of Loch Fyne before its acquisition by Greene King in 2007 for £68 million, presently serves as the chairman of Heartwood Collection, overseeing Brasserie Blanc and Heartwood Inns.
Established in 2002 as a wholesale business by Ben Wright and Robin Hancock, Wright Brothers saw its first site in Borough Market in 2005. The duo expanded their presence with additional locations in South Kensington and Battersea Power Station, complemented by wholesale depots in London's Billingsgate market and Brixham, Devon.
Wright and Hancock said: 'Mark has opened almost as many restaurants as we have opened oysters over the years, but more importantly, he is as passionate about great seafood and great teams as we are. Celebrating our £30m turnover milestone seemed like a great time to get Mark on board and it's a privilege to be sharing the next stage of our seafood journey with him.'
Mark Derry added: 'I remain fascinated by the seafood market and was delighted to discover the team at Wright Brothers share common values. It is a unique business with a great following, and I am hugely looking forward to getting involved.'