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John Browne to become chair of the Donmar Warehouse board

John Browne will become the new chair of the Donmar Warehouse's board.
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John Browne is to replace Chris Smith as chair of the Donmar Warehouse’s board.

He will work alongside artistic director Josie Rourke and executive producer Kate Pakenham, and takes up the post on March 19 next year.

Browne, former chief executive of BP, said he was “delighted to be involved with an organisation that represents artistic innovation and excellence in the greatest city on Earth”.

In a joint statement, Rourke and Pakenham praised Browne’s “calibre and international reputation within both the arts and business sectors”.

“We look forward to working with him to build on the Donmar’s successes and expand its reach,” they added.

Brown was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. He was appointed a trustee of the Tate Gallery in 2007 and was a trustee of the British Museum from 1995 to 2005.