HP Bulmer, the troubled cidermaker currently up for sale, has appointed a new finance director.
The company's parlous financial state makes the job one of the toughest in the sector but Richard Pennycook, a former finance director at JD Wetherspoon, has taken the challenge.
Mr Pennycook has also accepted a lower salary package than his last job, as chief executive of Welcome Break, the motorway services group.
Miles Templeman, the new Bulmers chief executive said he had been "pleasantly surprised" by the number of applicants for the post, given the company's situation.
"I had a good range of candidates though I guess there are a lot of finance directors on the market at the moment," he said.
Mr Templeman said it had been vital that Mr Pennycook had been able to start immediately given the July deadline for refinancing Bulmer's £130m debt.
Last week the company confirmed that to reduce its debt it might have to sell its distribution arm, The Beer Seller, or even contemplate an outright trade sale.
Mr Pennycock, who has also worked for Allders and Laura Ashley, fills the post previously held by Alan Flockhart, who was fired in October.
Mr Flockhart left the business along with the then chief executive Mike Hughes after the discovery of a £3.8m black hole in the books.
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