British employers' body picks new president
The Confederation of British Industry, Britain's biggest employers' body, announced Thursday that it has appointed Roger Carr, former chairman of confectioner Cadbury, as its new president.
"Roger Carr is to succeed Helen Alexander as president at the end of her term of office in June 2011," the CBI said in a statement.
"He will become deputy president in January 2011. Members will be asked to endorse his appointment as president at the annual general meeting" that is due in June 2011.
Carr, 63, was formerly Cadbury chairman before the British chocolate firm was bought by US food giant Kraft earlier this year for about 11.9 billion pounds (19 billion dollars, 13.6 billion euros).
"It is a privilege to be chosen as CBI president at this critical time for business," added Carr in the statement.
"Driving the UK's economic recovery during the next two to three years will be a real challenge, but I believe that the CBI, led by John Cridland, will have a valuable contribution to make."
Cridland was appointed as CBI Director-General last month, having already served as deputy. He will take over from outgoing chief Richard Lambert next month.
The CBI is Britain's leading business lobby organisation and represents around 240,000 companies across the country.
© 2010 AFP