Britvic welcomes Ian Durant as new Chair and pays tribute to John Daly on his retirement

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June 12, 2023 (press release) –

The Board of Britvic is pleased to announce that Ian Durant has today commenced his tenure as Chair of Britvic plc. Ian succeeds John Daly who retired from the Board on 31 May after eight years on the Board, six of which were spent as Chair of the Company.

Ian has many years of experience in consumer facing businesses and in retail. He currently serves as the Chair of Warren Partners Ltd, having recently stepped down as Chair of Greggs plc and has previously served as Chair of DFS Furniture plc and Capital & Countries Properties plc in the last five years. His earlier career included senior leadership roles at Liberty International Plc and Thistle Hotels. Other boards he has served on as a Non-Executive Director include Greene King plc, Home Retail Group PLC and Westbury plc.

Ian was appointed Chair designate on 1 February and since been involved in an orderly handover of responsibilities with John.  

John Daly said: "Chairing Britvic has been an honour and a privilege.  I am proud of what the Company, under Simon Litherland's leadership, has delivered, especially through the pressures of covid and significant inflation, and the way in which the Board has worked alongside the business. Over this time, Britvic's success and holistic growth ambitions have transformed its standing in the world of consumer goods companies. I am sad to leave the Company, but I feel it is time to hand over to someone of Ian’s calibre to take the company on to the next level on its strategic journey, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my colleagues within the business the very best for the future."

Ian Durant said: "It is an honour take over from John as Chair of Britvic. This is a well-managed and well-invested business, with a superb portfolio of soft drinks brands. We boast a strong track record of delivery for all stakeholders. Over the last five months, I’ve enjoyed spending time in the business to see first-hand how we benefit from a highly motivated and talented team right across the organisation. I look forward to working alongside the Board to support Simon and the Company as it builds on the impressive foundations the team has laid over recent years. I am very grateful to John for his support in recent months and I wish him well for the future."

Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "On behalf of the Board and management team of Britvic, I would like to thank John for the significant contribution he has made to Britvic, in particular over the last six years as Chair. John's guidance, support and commitment have been of real benefit to Britvic, and to me. I am looking forward to working closely with Ian to grow the business further, and deliver on the exciting opportunities we see across our markets."

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