- Packaging company DS Smith said it had appointed Geoff Drabble, the former chief executive of equipment hire group Ashtead, as its new chairman.

Drabble would become chairman elect on 1 September, before replacing Gareth Davis on 3 January, who departure was previously announced by the company.

At 1:10pm: [LON:SMDS] Smith Ds PLC share price was +4p at 334.9p

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