The CEO of Molson Coors UK, Mark Hunter, has become the chairman of the British Beer & Pub Association. 

Hunter will take over from Ralph Findlay following the trade body's annual general meeting today (14 December). Findlay, who is the CEO of Marston's, has completed his mandated two-year term in the post.

Hunter takes the post amid ongoing pub closures, annual duty tax hikes and falling overall beer consumption in the UK. He said: "Over the next two years, we have to set in train two things. We have to play, fully, our leading role in building a culture of moderation in the UK, founded on respect for alcohol and we have to champion our category through a celebration of beer and pubs - reconnecting British drinkers with beer."

In addition to stepping down as chairman, the British Beer & Pub Association said that Findlay will also leave its board. Erik Castenskiold, director of corporate affairs at Mitchells & Butlers, will replace him.