Booker Group announces Stewart Gilliland as upcoming Non-Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors

– UK, Northants – Booker is pleased to announce the appointment of Stewart Gilliland as non-executive chairman. Stewart will succeed Richard Rose who, as previously announced, is stepping down at the conclusion of the AGM to be held on 8 July 2015.

The appointment of Stewart follows a thorough selection process by the Nomination Committee of the Board, led by Lord Bilimoria, Senior Independent Director.

Stewart joined the Board of Booker in December 2010 and is an independent non-executive director. He is currently senior independent director of Mitchells & Butlers plc and Vianet Group plc, and a non-executive director of C&C Group Plc and Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc. Stewart was formerly Chief Executive of Muller Dairies UK and Ireland and has held senior roles with leading consumer facing companies, including Whitbread and Interbrew.

Stewart Gilliland said: “It will be a privilege to chair Booker. Richard Rose has been an excellent chairman. Booker has come a long way in the past few years and Richard has done a great job of helping to build the Company and of chairing the Board. We wish him all the very best in the future.”

Richard Rose, chairman of Booker, said: “Stewarts’ considerable experience in both the wholesale and retail sectors is invaluable. His appointment has my full support as well as that of the Board and the senior executive team, and I wish him, Charles and the team well for continued success in the future.”

Stewart is currently senior independent director of Mitchells & Butlers plc and Vianet Group plc, and a non-executive director of C&C Group Plc and Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc. He is also a director of Nature’s Way Foods Ltd and Tulip International (UK) Ltd. Stewart was formerly Chief Executive of Muller Dairies UK and Ireland and has held senior roles with leading consumer facing companies, including Whitbread and Interbree

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