Ex-Muller chief to replace Rose as Booker chair

Caitlin Morrison
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Gilliland is Booker Group’s new chair
WHOLESALE food supplier Booker Group yesterday announced that Mitchells & Butlers director Stewart Gilliland will replace Richard Rose as chairman next month.

Rose, who also chairs online retail group AO World, has been in the role since 2006.

Gilliland joined the Booker board in 2010 as a non-executive director. He is also a director of Vianet Group, and holds non-executive roles at C&C Group and Sutton and East Surrey Water. Previously, Gilliland was chief executive of Muller Dairies UK and Ireland, and held senior roles with several other firms, including Whitbread and Interbrew.

Gilliland said yesterday the new role was a “privilege” and added: “Richard Rose has been an excellent chairman. Booker has come a long way in the past few years.”

Shares in Booker were down by 0.52 per cent yesterday.