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Tory chairman Brandon Lewis defends reshuffle

The new Conservative Party chairman has defended Theresa May’s reshuffle, saying it would be like a “breath of fresh air” by the time it is finished. Brandon Lewis said it was a shame that Justine Greening had quit as education secretary, having refused a move to the work and pensions department. Most big names stayed in post and more junior appointments are expected later. The reshuffle was called “embarrassing” and “shambolic” by some Tory MPs, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said. Labour called it a “pointless and lacklustre PR exercise”. As…

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News: Crozier appointed chairman of Premier Inn-owner Whitbread

Whitbread has confirmed company chairman Richard Baker will be retiring from the board at the next financial year end, February 28th, having completed nearly nine years service on the board, including the last four years as chairman. He will be succeeded by Adam Crozier, currently the senior independent director. Crozier has extensive and broad experience as chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, the Football Association, the Royal Mail and most recently ITV, where he served as chief executive until June 2017. He joined the Whitbread board in April 2017 and…

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FCC chairman cancels attendance at CES

Ajit Pai has cancelled an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Federal Communications Commission chairman was to debate his decision to overturn net neutrality rules. Many protested outside the FCC building ahead of a December vote that ratified his decision, arguing it would makes the internet less open and accessible. Internet service providers will be able to speed up or slow down different companies’ data and charge consumers according to the services they access. But the U-turn on the rules faces legal challenges, including one led by New…

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LeEco chairman Jia Yueting defies demand to return to China

The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese technology giant LeEco has defied a demand from regulators to return to the country. Jia Yueting had been given until the end of 2017 to come back to China from the US and deal with mounting debts. But he has responded with a message on social media, saying he planned to stay and focus on his electric car business. Mr Jia said that his brother and wife were in China, and had authorisation to act on his behalf. Last month, the entrepreneur was put…

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates 'concerned' about poor form and piles pressure on Mark Hughes

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has admitted his concern about the team’s recent form and suggested failing to beat West Brom this weekend could spell the end for Mark Hughes. The Welsh manager is under-pressure in the Potters hotseat following a dreadful first-half of their Premier League campaign. Stoke have claimed just four wins from their opening 18 games, and it is claimed Hughes is on the verge of the sack after Saturday’s miserable 3-0 defeat to West Ham left the club one point outside of the bottom-three. They take on second-bottom…

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News: Daimler chief Zetsche to take over as TUI Group chairman

Dieter Zetsche, currently chairman of the executive board of Daimler, is to become the new chairman of the supervisory board of tourism group TUI as of October 1st, 2018. The board of TUI AG decided to approve the nomination of Zetsche as a new member of the supervisory board to the TUI Annual General Meeting in February. The previous chairman of the board, Klaus Mangold, intends to end his term of office as chairman of the board at the end of the 2018 financial year. Mangold has been a member…

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Arsenal AGM: Sir Chips Keswick re-elected as Gunners chairman despite fierce opposition from fans

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and director Josh Kroenke have both been re-elected in their roles despite fierce opposition from fans at the club’s Annual General Meeting. Keswick, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger were in attendance as Gunners shareholders used Thursday’s AGM at the Emirates Stadium to voice their displeasure at the current board. READ MORE: ‘We are committed long-term’ – Stan Kroenke insists he has no plans to sell Arsenal In move to show their unhappiness with the set-up, shareholders voted down two resolutions to re-elect Keswick and…

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