The UK-based wine and spirits group Allied Domecq said yesterday that David Malpas has retired as a non-executive director.

In a statement the company said that he has been succeeded in his role as chairman of the remuneration committee by Donald Brydon, the board's senior independent non-executive director.

Furthermore, Paul Adams and John Rishton were appointed as non-executive directors with effect from 5 December 2003.

Adams (50) is managing director of British American Tobacco; a post he has held since January 2002. Rishton (45) was appointed chief financial officer of British Airways Plc in September 2001, having originally joined the airline in 1994 as Senior Vice-President USA.

Allied said Peter Jacobs and Ross Buckland will retire as non-executive directors at the conclusion of the Company's annual general meeting to be held on 30 January 2004.

Jacobs will be succeeded in his role as chairman of the audit committee by Rishton.