Scottish & Newcastle has appointed an acting managing director for its UK arm.

The brewer, whose UK MD John Dunsmore switched positions last month, confirmed today (26 June) that Tim Seager, the current marketing director of S&N UK, will assume the post on an acting basis.

"I have decided to appoint Tim on an acting basis so that he can quickly make an impact in building the momentum already established," said Dunsmore, who is now MD of the newly-created Western Europe division within S&N. "This puts the UK, which accounts for the largest part of our Western European operating profits, in excellent hands."

Dunsmore, meanwhile, will be free to make "an immediate contribution to the wider Western European business," the company noted.

Seager joined S&N at the beginning of 2004, and has overseen the UK's marketing strategy and new product development programme.