Stewart Gilliland is back in the drinks business after taking on a non-exec role at C&C Group, the company behind Magners cider.

Gilliland has previously held senior roles at Interbrew and the Whitbread Beer Co, but was most recently boss of Müller Dairy UK from 2006 to 2010.

Tony Smurfit, president and chief operations officer of Smurfit Kappa Group, has also been appointed a non-executive director.

“Stewart’s career spans the consumer goods sector and he brings significant experience of the long alcohol drinks sector in international markets,” said C&C chairman Sir Brian Stewart.

“Tony has long-standing experience in global markets managing an extensive portfolio of international operations serving a world-wide customer base.”