Leisure group Whitbread has appointed the chief executive of B&Q owner Kingfisher to its board in the capacity of a non-executive director. Ian Cheshire takes up his role at the Premier Inn and Costa owner from the start of February, replacing Philip Clarke who will become chief executive of Tesco in March. Cheshire, who has been chief executive of Kingfisher since 2008, has held a number of other roles at that company including, chief executive of B&Q and chief executive of International and Development since joining in 1998. Anthony Habgood, chairman Whitbread, said: "We are delighted to welcome Ian to our board. As a serving chief executive of a large successful international consumer facing business, Ian will be able to give us valuable advice and support as we continue to grow both in the UK and internationally. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Philip Clarke for his very important contribution to the Board and to the development of our business. In particular his emphasis on customer focus and competitiveness has been a great influence on the company. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future."