He currently holds the position of director of Molson Coors Western Europe and has been working at the business for 14 years, where his previous positions include chief supply chain officer for the brewers European operations and managing director for the UK and Ireland.
Whitehead has also played an active role in the work of the BBPA, serving on its board since December 2016.
Whitehead said: “The pub and a pint are a British institution woven into the fabric of communities across the country, but the sector is facing increasing pressures and challenges. The BBPA is a vital partner tackling these issues. As chairman, I’m excited to play a role in protecting and promoting our unique industry.
Emma McClarkin, BBPA chief executive, added: “We are delighted to have Phil as our chairman, who will bring great experience to this leading industry role. I and the team look forward to working with him in the year ahead.”