Whitbread Appoints New Non-executive Director
April 28, 2008 // Franchising.com // Whitbread PLC has today announced the appointment of Stephen Williams as a Non-Executive Director. He has joined the Board with effect from 27 April 2008.
Stephen Williams (60) is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV where he has worked for 22 years. Before that he was at ICI after training as a solicitor at Slaughter and May. Stephen is currently the Senior Independent Director at Arriva PLC and was a non-executive director of Bunzl PLC until 2004.
Anthony Habgood, Chairman, Whitbread PLC said: "We are delighted to welcome Stephen to our Board. Stephen has great experience of consumer goods and doing business worldwide. I am sure that he will make a valuable contribution to the Company at what is an exciting time in its development."
Whitbread PLC is the UK's leading hotel and restaurant company, with market leading businesses in the budget hotels and restaurant sectors, including Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Beefeater and Costa Coffee. Whitbread's strategy is to create value for its shareholders by focusing investment and growth in expanding sectors of the hospitality industry, primarily in the UK but also in selected overseas markets. In the financial year to March 1, 2007, Whitbread generated pre-tax, pre-exceptional profit of £213.0m. Founded in 1742, the company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (as WTB.L) and is a member of the FTSE4Good indices.