Chewits maker Leaf UK has appointed Stuart Lane to the new position of commercial director. Lane will be in charge of developing the Chewits brand and managing Leaf's expansion into the healthy confectionery sector.

Prior to Leaf, Lane held commercial management roles at tobacco company RJ Reynolds and Britvic Soft Drinks. Most recently, he was head of Burton's Foods multiples and export biscuit division. He was also responsible for Burton's sugar confectionery until it was bought by Tangerine in 2006.

"I am delighted to join a company that offers opportunities for future development and the fantastic brand of Chewits," said Lane.