Drinks manufacturer C&C has announced that Tony Smurfit has retired as a member of its Board of Directors.

He had served on the board since April 2012.

He has served on the Board of Directors and on the Audit Committee since April 2012.

Board Chairman Brian Stewart thanked Mr Smurfit for his service, adding that "Tony has made a significant contribution to the Board but his decision to step down is understandable given his singular focus on his new role as Chief Executive Officer of Smurfit Kappa Group.

"We wish Tony well for the future," he concluded. 

Mr Smurfit became President and CEO of paper and packaging products group Smurfit Kappa last August, succeeding Gary McGann in the role.

He had previously been a director at the company since 1989 and was appointed Group Chief Operations Officer in November 2002. 

He has worked in various parts of the Smurfit Kappa Group both in Europe and the US.