C&C Group appoints Marston’s boss as non-exec director

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Drinks manufacturer C&C Group has appointed Ralph Findlay as a director and chair designate.

Findlay will join the board on March 1 2022 as a non-executive director and will succeed Stewart Gilliland as chair.

Gilliland was appointed non-executive director of the group in April 2012 and as chair in July 2018.

“It has been a pleasure working as part of the C&C business for the last nine years,” Gilliand said.

“During my tenure as chair, the group has transformed into the leading final-mile supplier to the on-trade in the UK and Ireland and had to navigate through the most challenging period in our industry’s history.”

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Findlay has previously served as chief executive officer of pub group Marston’s since 2001 and will retire from that role on October 2 2021.

Most recently, he guided Marston’s through the successful sale of its brewing business into a £780m joint venture with Carlsberg in May 2020.

Findlay has served on the Marston’s board since 1996, having previously held the role of finance director before being appointed chief executive officer in 2001.

Ralph was appointed a non-executive director of Vistry Group in 2015 and has served as senior independent director since January 2020.

He has also previously served as chair of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

“It is an exciting time to be joining C&C and I am very much looking forward to working with the board and the wider team,” Findlay said

“C&C has iconic brands and a market-leading distribution capability in the UK and Ireland. I am pleased to have the opportunity to play a role in driving the future success of the business for all our stakeholders including customers, consumers and shareholders.”

C&C Group senior independent director Vincent Crowley concluded: “Ralph brings extensive industry experience to the board and we are delighted to welcome him to C&C.

“On behalf of the board, and the entire group, I would also like to extend our gratitude to Stewart for his contribution to C&C over the past nine years and in particular for his guidance and leadership during his tenure as chair.

“We will wish him well for the future when the time comes for him to hand over to Ralph.”

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