Ex-Nissan chief to chair Trinity Mirror

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The newspaper group Trinity Mirror appointed Sir Ian Gibson, the former president of Nissan Europe, as its chairman yesterday. He replaces Sir Victor Blank, who is to become chairman at Lloyds TSB, when he steps down at Trinity's annual meeting on 4 May.

Sir Ian, 59, most recently served as chairman of the plasterboard maker BPB until its takeover by France's Saint-Gobain at the end of last year. He previously ran the Japanese car maker's Sunderland plant and worked his way up to president of Nissan's European operations and senior vice-president of the Nissan Group in 1999. He retired from Nissan in 2001.

Sir Ian recently took the chair at the baking group Greggs and also sits on the boards of the engineering group GKN and the mortgage bank Northern Rock. He has also been a non-executive director at the Bank of England and served as deputy chairman of the supermarket group Asda.

The appointment came after the P&O chairman, Sir John Parker, turned down the £200,000 a year post last month. It had also tried to recruit the former O2 chairman Sir David Arculus, who joined the board of Pearson, owner of the Financial Times, last month. Vodafone's deputy chief executive, Sir Julian Horn-Smith, was also in the frame but he rejected the offer to become chairman of the software company Sage.