The former chairman of Allied Domecq has joined UK-based wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

Philip Bowman, who oversaw the sale of Allied to Pernod Ricard and Fortune Brands last year, has joined Berry Bros' board. Bowman also became a non-executive director at Scottish & Newcastle earlier this year.

At the same time, Berry Bros, which is headquartered in London, appointed Edward Rudd to the board.

"The presence of Philip and Edward will help secure the future of Berrys as a family business," said company chairman Simon Berry.