Whitbread has appointed Horst Baier as a non-executive director, with effect from 1 November 2019.

Baier will also become a member of Whitbread’s audit committee. He has many years’ experience in the hotels and leisure sector as a chief financial officer, having spent 22 years at TUI AG, ten of which were on the board.

Commenting on his appointment, Whitbread’s chairman, Adam Crozier, said: “Horst has more than two decades of experience in our sector and this, together with his deep understanding of the German market, will be of great benefit to the Whitbread Board as we continue to expand Premier Inn in the UK and Germany.”

Earlier this year Whitbread reported a decline in food and beverage like-for-like sales of 2.1% for the first quarter of FY2020. Total F&B sales were up 1.5%.