The Pitcher & Piano chain has been put into the hands of a new brand business development manager, Ben Lea.
He joined the company four years ago as a trainee manager at its Chelsea branch and went on to manage its Newcastle outlet before becoming an operations manager last year.
The 39-strong chain, which is based in London, is due to be sold whether owner Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries remains in the hands of current management or is sold along with the rest of the company to Pubmaster.
Ben, 32, said: "The fact that Pitcher & Piano is up for sale means that the future is exciting for us all and from my point of view having responsibility for developing the brand at this time is a major challenge.
"We have a strong individual image and the trick is to maintain this reputation and build on our success."
Ben, who was an actor for the Wigan Pier Theatre Company before moving into the pub trade, is keen to look outside of the industry for good recruits.
He said: "We know how important it is that our staff are just right - so much so that we even advertise in The Stage newspaper because its readers are performers and able to communicate with others. We find that actors make very good barstaff."