Simon Burke has been appointed non-executive chairman of Mitchells & Butlers after John Lovering stepped down as chairman.
Midland pub group M&B (MAB) recruited Mr Burke to the board in January 2010 as non-executive deputy chairman.
The group, which went through a a major boardroom battle last year, also plans to appoint additional non-executive directors to the board.
Mr Burke said “I would like to pay tribute to John for the significant advances he has overseen at Mitchells & Butlers in the past year. We thank him and wish him well for the future.
“I am delighted to take on this role and I plan to continue the progress in pursuing our strategy.”
Mr Lovering added: “Simon has the experience and energy to take the Company forward and I am delighted he has accepted this appointment. I hand over confident that Mitchells & Butlers’ strategy will be successfully implemented and wish the Company and its management team a bright future.”
Mr Burke is also chairman of HobbyCraft and a non-executive director of the BBC executive board.