Hospitality and leisure group Whitbread has appointed Louise Smalley, group human resources director, as an executive director.
Smalley will join the board on 1 November 2012.
She has worked for Whitbread for 13 years and has been in her role as group human resources director since 2007.
Anthony Habgood, Whitbread's chairman said: "I am delighted that Louise will be joining the board. At its heart, Whitbread is a people business. Louise is instrumental in creating a great place to work for our 40,000 team members, developing our global talent and building leadership strength. Having worked closely with Louise over the past five years I know she will be an invaluable addition to the board."
By Neil Gerrard
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