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Whitbread – change of Senior Independent Director

24 May 2017 Financial & business

As part of its planned Board succession, Whitbread PLC has today announced that Sir Ian Cheshire will step down from the Whitbread Board, and as Senior Independent Director, at the end of Whitbread’s Board meeting on 21st September 2017. Adam Crozier, who joined the Board on 1 April 2017, will become Senior Independent Director with effect from the end of the same meeting.

Richard Baker, Chairman of Whitbread PLC said “I would like to thank Sir Ian for more than six years of service to Whitbread, initially as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and more recently as Senior Independent Director. Sir Ian has made a significant contribution to Whitbread during a very successful period in the Company’s history and I wish him well in the future.

I am delighted that Adam Crozier, a highly-experience business leader, has agreed to succeed Sir Ian as Senior Independent Director. Adam joined the Board earlier this year and we are already benefiting from his much valued experience and advice.”

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Notes to Editors

Whitbread PLC is the owner of the UK’s favourite hotel chain, Premier Inn and the UK’s favourite coffee shop, Costa, as well as restaurant brands, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns.

Whitbread PLC employs 50,000 people in over 2,300* outlets across the UK, with its well-loved brands making every day experiences special for over 28 million UK customers every month.

Whitbread has outlined growth milestones for 2018 and 2020. The 2020 milestones are to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 85,000 and to achieve global system sales of around £2.5bn for Costa.

At Whitbread we are committed to being a force for good in the communities in which we operate. Our CR programme, ‘Good Together’ is focused on three pillars of Team & Communities, Customer Wellbeing and Energy & Environment.

In the year ended 2 March 2017, Whitbread PLC reported a 8.2% increase in Group Revenue to £3,106.0 million and Underlying Profit before tax of £565.2 million up 6.2%.

Whitbread PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.

*excludes Costa Franchise stores and Costa Express

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