Simon Burke has been appointed chairman of Mitchells & Butlers

Simon Burke has been appointed chairman of Mitchells & Butlers

UK pub group Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has appointed the previous chairman of Majestic Wine as its non-executive chairman.

Simon Burke will take over from John Lovering, who announced his intention to step down from the role last month. No reason for Lovering's departure was given at the time.

Burke joined the M&B board in January last year as a non-executive deputy chairman. He stepped down as chairman of Majestic, a role he held since 2005, in August.

The appointment is effective immediately and plans are in progress to appoint additional non-executive directors to the board, the firm said.

"Simon has the experience and energy to take the company forward and I am delighted he has accepted this appointment," Lovering said. "I hand over confident that Mitchells & Butlers' strategy will be successfully implemented."