Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. has appointed a new chairman. The bottled water company announced yesterday that, following its recent annual meeting of stockholders, the board of directors has appointed an independent director, David R. Preston, as its chairman of the board.

Timothy Fallon, the former chairman, will continue as CEO and a director of the company.

Preston has been a director of Vermont Pure since 1995 and is a member of the board's compensation, audit and executive committees. He is a retired division president and corporate officer of the Gillette Company.

In a statement, Preston said: "Separating the role of chairman from the role of CEO provides for clearer and, we hope, ultimately better corporate governance. And that's what we should be striving for."