<strong>Davis Service Group<br /></strong>The textile maintenance business has appointed Peter Ventress, currently president of office furniture provider Staples, as its new chief executive.<br />Ventress, 48, was formerly chief executive of Corporate Express, before the company was acquired by Staples last year. <br />He will succeed current boss Roger Dye, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire at the end of 2009.<br /><strong>SAB Miller </strong><br />The brewer has hired Howard Willard as a non-executive director, as part of a relationship agreement it agreed with tobacco group Altria.<br />Willard is currently executive vice president of strategy and business development for Altria. He has also previously worked at Bain &amp; Company and Salomon Brothers.<br /><strong><br />Alvarez &amp; Marsal<br /></strong>The professional services firm has appointed retail experts Mark McMenemy and Anthony Lucas to its European performance improvement practice.<br />McMenemy was previously group finance director at Clarks Shoes, Mothercare and Monsoon, while Lucas formerly worked as a consulting partner at Ernst &amp; Young and PwC.