Non-executive director of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), Mel Ward, is to retire from the company later this year.

The company said today (6 June) that Ward, who has served on the CCA board for more than nine years, will retire following the board meeting on 19 August.

CCA chairman David Gonski said: "We thank Mel for the valuable contributions he has made to the board of CCA over the years. We will miss the benefits received by our board from his vast business experience and commercial guidance."

Last month Australian reports suggested that CCA could be gearing up for a major acquisition push, possibly for Foster's Group. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald on 19 May said that financial services provider Macquarie Group had placed a valuation restriction on CCA, sparking rumours that the Australian drinks company may be lining up a move for Foster's, through its joint venture with SABMiller in Australia, Pacific Beverages.