- Royal Mail said it had appointed its current deputy chairman Keith Williams to the chairman's role after considering both internal and external candidates.

Williams would replace Les Own with effect from 22 May.

He joined the Royal Mail board on 1 January 2018 and became deputy chairman in November.

Williams is a previous chief executive of British Airways.

'Our external search has confirmed that Keith Williams is the right person to chair the Royal Mail Group through a significant period of change,' director Orna Ni-Chionna said.

'The company will benefit from his strong leadership skills, and his industrial relations, operational and strategic expertise.'

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