John Barton steps down from WHS

WH Smith’s non-executive board director John Barton has stood down after 12 years of service.

He will be replaced by Jeff Harris, currently chairman of both Cookson Group plc and Filtrona plc, on 10th June 2011.

W H Smith's chairman, Walker Boyd, said: "On behalf of the board, I would like to thank John for his significant contribution to the group over the last 12 years.  He leaves with our thanks and good wishes for the future.

"We are delighted to welcome Jeff Harris on to the board . . . with his retail and financial experience, Jeff will be a valuable member."