Allied Domecq has appointed the Cable and Wireless CEO Francesco Caio as a non-executive director following the retirement of Donald Brydon on 27 January 2005.

Caio's appointment comes into effect from 25 April 2005 and he will also join the board's audit and remuneration committees.

Francesco Caio (47) is chief executive of Cable and Wireless plc; a post he has held since April 2003. Prior to his present role, Caio was founder and CEO of Netscalibur, a London-based pan-European IP services provider, and previously CEO of Merloni Elettrodomestici, Omnitel Pronto Italia and Olivetti Ivrea. He is also a former non-executive Director of Motorola and Merloni Elettrodomestici.

Donald Brydon is succeeded in his role as the Board's Senior Independent non-executive director by Paul Adams.

Commenting on the board appointment, Sir Gerry Robinson, chairman of Allied Domecq, said: "I am happy to welcome Francesco to the Board and I am looking forward to working with him."