Fortune Brands has elected the president of Horizon Consulting Group to its board of directors.

The company said today (5 December) that Ann Fritz Hackett, president and founder of Horizon, which provides business strategy, organisational and human resources advice to global companies, will join the board.

Fortune Brands chairman and CEO Norm Wesley said: "We are delighted to welcome Ann to the board of Fortune Brands. With her extensive consulting background across a diverse spectrum of industries, Ann will bring valuable experience and insights to the work of our board."

Prior to founding Horizon, Hackett spent 11 years as vice president and partner for Strategic Planning Associates. Hackett also serves on the board of Capital One Financial Corporation, and has previously been on the board of Woodhead Industries as a trustee of Dartmouth College.

The size of the board will temporarily be increased to 11 members following Hackett's election temporarily until Eugene Renna retires from the board at the end of the month.