The appointment of an outsider marks an end to the Nicholson family dynasty which has controlled the group since it was founded. Sir Paul will become non-executive chairman of the group. Mr Grant is responsible for developing brands such as Big Steak pub, Wacky Warehouses and Firkin.
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VAUX, the North Eastern brewer and hotel group, yesterday appointed Martin Grant, the head of Allied Domecq's leisure business, as its new chief executive to replace Sir Paul Nicholson.