Foster's Group has announced an addition to its board of directors.

The Australian beer and wine firm confirmed earlier this month that Christine Nixon has assumed a seat on the board as of 1 April. Nixon was previously Chief Commissioner of the New South Wales and Victorian police force, until she retired in February 2009. She had joined the NSW police force in 1972.

Following her retirement, Nixon was appointed to lead the response effort for the 2009 'Black Saturday' Victorian bushfire as chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority.

"On behalf of shareholders I am very pleased to welcome Christine to the Foster's board", said company chairman, David Crawford.  "Christine's leadership, management experience and her strong community focus will be an asset at the Foster’s board table.”

Back in February, Foster's reported a 4.4% slide in half-year net sales for the six months to the end of December.