Compass appoints new healthcare MD

Russell Blake has been appointed as managing director of healthcare for Compass Group UK and Ireland. He has spent the last two years leading the caterer’s hospitals and senior living team, which has been at the forefront of the Covid response.

Blake, who has been in the Compass business for over 22 years in total, moves into the role following Steve Cenci’s 20-year tenure. Cenci has moved to a new role within Compass Group PLC, where he will be working with the group commercial team to support the expansion of international markets by sharing healthcare best practice and innovation.

Cenci said: ““I am delighted that Russell will be heading up our healthcare business moving forward. He has been an integral part of our healthcare family for many years.”

Blake added: “I am really looking forward to leading the Compass healthcare business. The pandemic shone a spotlight on the integral role so many of our frontline colleagues play in supporting the NHS, private healthcare and senior living.”

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