Whitbread: Appoints New Non Executive Director

Dunstable / UK. (wbp) Whitbread PLC has announced the appointment of Chris Kennedy as a Non-Executive Director. A qualified accountant and experienced financial executive, Kennedy (51) is Chief Financial Officer of ARM Holdings PLC, which he joined in September 2015. Prior to that Chris was Group Finance Director of easyJet PLC for five years, having previously spent 17 years in a variety of senior roles at EMI Group Limited.

Chris’s appointment will be effective from 01 March 2016. It is intended that Chris will take over from Simon Melliss as Chairman of the Audit Committee from 01 October 2016, who will then step down from the Board, having completed nine years service.

Richard Baker, Chairman of Whitbread PLC said «I am delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Kennedy as a Non-Executive Director. As well as having a strong financial background, his recent experience in an online, international, consumer-facing business with pricing models similar to those at Premier Inn will add significant value to the Whitbread Board. I would also like to thank Simon for his much valued contribution to the Whitbread Board and Audit Committee, during a very successful and exciting period in the company’s history» (Image: Whitbread PLC).