Edrington has appointed a new non-executive director. The owner of The Famous Grouse and The Macallan said today (30 September) that Ronnie Bell, former group vice president with Kraft Foods, will join the company from tomorrow.

Bell, 55, retired last year after five years as president of Kraft Foods Europe. He has also served as director of United Biscuits and the CIAA, the EU's food and drink industry association, where he was the UK food industry representative.

In a statement, Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, said: "Ronnie's experience, coupled with his extensive knowledge of consumer loyalty and brand-building, will be of valuable assistance to the group as we seek to develop our own premium brands on the international stage. He will be an important member of the board as we commit increased resources to the long-term development of our key brands. We look forward to Ronnie's contribution to the group."
Bell joins John Spence, director of policy co-ordination and risk, Lloyds TSB Group, and Kim Winser, chief executive of Pringle Scotland, as non-exec directors.