Scottish & Newcastle has confirmed the departure of its chief executive.

The UK-based brewer said today (27 September) that Tony Froggatt is set to stand down from the position on 1 November. Froggatt, who will remain available to the chairman and board for three months after vacating the post, will be replaced by current managing director of S&N's Western European unit, John Dunsmore.

The announcement follows a board meeting earlier today.

"The board is very grateful to Tony for his leadership in developing the company during his time as chief executive, and we look forward to John Dunsmore continuing to take Scottish & Newcastle forward for the benefit of shareholders and stakeholders alike," said S&N chairman Brian Stewart. "The directors wish Tony well for the future."

Froggatt added: "I am proud to be able to leave Scottish & Newcastle as a world-class branded beer business which is performing so well in so many dynamic markets. It's a great company, with a great management team, and I am sure it will go from strength to strength."