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

Gilliland has held senior roles at Interbrew and the Whitbread Beer Company, but was most recently CEO of Müller Dairy UK, until 2010.

“Stewart brings significant experience of the long alcohol drinks sector,” said Sir Brian Stewart, C&C chairman.

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