• Baker for Whitbread
Whitbread, owner of hotel chain Premier Inn, has appointed Richard Baker as new group chairman. Baker has been a non-executive director at Whitbread since 2009, and chairs gym chain Virgin Active and furniture store DFS.

The company says the appointment was made following an extensive search of external candidates. Baker replaces Anthony Habgood, who has chaired the business for nine years and announced his retirement in January.
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