Chesser joined Greene King in 2009 from Enterprise Inns as operations director for Pub Partners before becoming managing director for the division in 2015. In 2017, he moved across to lead the Brewing & Brands division.
He has also worked at Häagen Dazs, having started his career with SSP where he worked his way up from a graduate trainee to operations manager for its London bars division.
In an email to staff today, Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand said: “Clive has been a strong presence in the business during his time with us, a valued member of the operating board and he leaves a strong legacy in both Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
“I am sorry to see him go but this is a great opportunity for Clive to take on a chief executive position; he leaves with our sincere thanks for all he has done and our best wishes.”
Stephen Green, senior partner of Patron Capital Advisers LLP and director of Punch, said: “We are extremely pleased to have attracted not only the best candidate in the marketplace, but one that I’m confident will provide excellent leadership as we move through this next exciting phase for Punch as a privately owned, independent business, committed to investing heavily in our pubs, our publicans and our people.
“I know Clive is very much looking forward to joining the Punch team and relishing the opportunities ahead. Clive has the full support of the Punch executive board and wider team, and we look forward to welcoming him to our business. I would also like to thank CFO Steve Dando for his interim leadership of Punch.”
Greene King said it is in the process of appointing a successor.