Mitchells & Butlers has added another director to its board.

The UK pub operator said yesterday (20 March) that Edward Irwin will come on board as a non-independent, non-executive director. Irwin is a representative of Elpida Limited, a “significant” shareholder in Mitchells & Butlers, the company said.

Iriwn is the current finance director for Coolmore, a thoroughbred bloodstock breeder with operations in Ireland, the US and Australia.

Chairman Bob Ivell said: “Elpida is a supportive shareholder and we are confident that having Mr. Irwin on the board will be both positive and constructive,” said M&B chairman Bob Ivell.

The appointment takes immediate effect.

Separately, Ivell added: “Our search for both a new chief executive and for independent non-executive directors is progressing well.”

The company started the search for a new CEO when Jeremy Blood stepped down late last year.