Mitchells & Butlers announces that as from today, John Lovering has stepped down as Chairman and non-executive director of the Company and that the Board has appointed Simon Burke as non-executive Chairman.

Simon Burke joined the Board in January 2010 as non-executive Deputy Chairman. He is also Chairman of HobbyCraft and a non-executive director of the BBC Executive Board.

As announced previously, plans are being progressed to appoint additional non-executive directors to the Board.

Commenting on his appointment, Simon Burke said "I would like to pay tribute to John for the significant advances he has overseen at Mitchells & Butlers in the past year. We thank him and wish him well for the future. I am delighted to take on this role and I plan to continue the progress in pursuing our strategy."

John Lovering commented "Simon has the experience and energy to take the Company forward and I am delighted he has accepted this appointment. I hand over confident that Mitchells & Butlers' strategy will be successfully implemented and wish the Company and its management team a bright future."

For further information, please contact:

Erik Castenskiold
0121 498 6513
James Murgatroyd (Finsbury Group)
0207 251 3801

Notes for editors:

Mitchells & Butlers' leading portfolio of brands and formats includes Harvester, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Premium Country Dining Group, Crown Carveries, Sizzling Pubs, Browns, Miller & Carter, Metro Professionals, All Bar One, Nicholson's, O'Neill's and Ember Inns. Further details are available on