Next non-executive chairman John Barton to retire in August

John Barton has given notice to the board of his intention to retire as non-executive Chairman and step down from the company’s board on August 1, 2017. Barton became a member of the board in 2002 and he was appointed deputy chairman in 2004 and chairman in 2006.

The company has now appointed Michael Roney as an independent non-executive director, Deputy Chairman and Chairman Designate in place of Barton, when he retires in August.

The company said, Roney has extensive business experience. He was chief executive of Bunzl, a FTSE 100 listed distribution and outsourcing business, from 2005 until his retirement in April 2016. He is currently Chairman of Grafton Group and a non-executive director of Brown-Forman Corporation. He was also formerly a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey.

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