Whitbread has announced that Christopher Rogers, Woolworths’ finance director, will succeed David Richardson as finance director from 1 May 2005. Rogers, a demerger specialist, joined Kingfisher, then owner of Woolworths, in 1988. Prior to that he was an accountant at Price Waterhouse. Alan Parker, Whitbread’s chief executive, said: "Chris played a lead role in the demerger of the Woolworths Group from Kingfisher and has been an important part of the team that has significantly improved the performance of the Woolworths Group over the last three years."