The executive committee (excom) is appointed by the Chief Executive. It comprises the Chief Financial Officer, divisional managing directors and directors of group functions. Its purpose is to support the Chief Executive in carrying out the duties delegated to him by the board. In that context, excom co-ordinates brand and operational execution and delivers strategic plans and budgets for the board’s consideration. It also ensures that regular financial reports are presented to the board, that effective internal controls are in place and functioning, and that there is an effective risk management process in operation throughout the group.
Mark Bowman (41)
Managing Director, SABMiller Africa
Mark Bowman was appointed Managing Director of SABMiller Africa in October 2007. He joined SABMiller’s beer division in 1993 and has held various senior positions in the company. These include Managing Director of SABMiller’s Polish subsidiary Kompania Piwowarska, Managing Director of ABI (now the Soft Drinks Division of SAB Ltd) and Chairman of Appletiser.
He has also held various positions in logistics, sales, distribution, IT and corporate strategy within the group.
Alan Clark (48)
MA, DLitt et Phil
Managing Director, SABMiller Europe
Dr Clark was appointed Managing Director, SABMiller Europe in 2003. He joined The South African Breweries Limited (SAB Ltd) in 1990 as Training and Development Manager. He has since held a number of senior positions in the group, including Marketing Director, SAB Ltd, Managing Director, Amalgamated Beverage Industries Ltd and Chairman, Appletiser South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Before joining the group, he practised as a clinical psychologist and lectured in psychology at Vista University in South Africa.
Sue Clark (44)
BSc (hons), MBA
Corporate Affairs Director, SABMiller plc
Sue Clark was appointed Corporate Affairs Director, SABMiller plc in 2003. Prior to this, she held a number of senior roles in UK companies, including Director of Corporate Affairs, Railtrack Group from 2000 to 2003 and Director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Power plc from 1996 to 2000.
John Davidson (49)
MA, BCL (Oxon)
General Counsel and Group Company Secretary, SABMiller plc
John Davidson joined the group as General Counsel and Group Company Secretary in 2006. Before joining the group, he spent his entire legal career at Lovells, a leading international law firm, where he had been a partner since 1991. He has worked on numerous projects for SABMiller since Lovells was first appointed as the group’s principal UK legal adviser in 1998, including the London listing in 1999, the Miller, Peroni and Bavaria Group transactions, and various bond and equity financings.
Nick Fell (54)
Marketing Director, SABMiller plc
Nick Fell was appointed Marketing Director, SABMiller plc in 2006. Prior to this, he worked for Cadbury Schweppes Plc, as President, Global Commercial Strategy and also as Director of Marketing, Cadbury Trebor Bassett. He previously worked for Diageo plc for 15 years in a number of senior roles including Global Brands Director, Johnnie Walker, and Group Marketing Director, Guinness Brewing.
Tony van Kralingen (50)
Managing Director, The South African Breweries Limited
Tony van Kralingen was appointed Managing Director, SAB Ltd in 2003. He is also responsible for the Global Technical function and Chairman of the Global Sourcing Council. He joined SAB Ltd in 1982 and has held a number of senior positions in the group. These include Managing Director, Plzenský Prazdroj A.S., Marketing Director, SAB Ltd and Operations Director (Northern Region), SAB Ltd.
Tom Long (49)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Miller Brewing Company
Tom Long was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Miller Brewing Company in 2006 after joining the company in 2005 as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this he was President, Northwest Europe Division, The Coca-Cola Company and he previously held senior positions at the company’s US headquarters, including Vice President – National Sales, Vice President and Director – Research & Trends, and Vice President and Director – Global Strategic Marketing. Should the MillerCoors Joint Venture receive regulatory approval it is proposed that he will become President and Chief Commercial Officer of the company.
Ari Mervis (43)
Managing Director, SABMiller Asia
Ari Mervis was appointed Managing Director of SABMiller Asia in October 2007. He joined ABI (now the Soft Drinks Division of SAB Ltd) in 1989 and has held a number of senior positions in the organisation. These include Managing Director of Appletiser and Managing Director of SABMiller’s operations in Russia and Australia.
Johann Nel (51)
Human Resources Director, SABMiller plc
Johann Nel was appointed Human Resources Director, SABMiller plc in 2002. He joined SAB Ltd in 1997 and was appointed Human Resources Director in 1998. He previously owned a consulting organisation, and had worked with SAB Ltd on various major strategy, organisational development and human resources projects since 1988. He has co-authored a book on managing productive change in organisations and was involved in initiatives to encourage business involvement in the democratisation of South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.
Barry Smith (57)
President, SABMiller Latin America
Barry Smith was appointed President, SABMiller Latin America in 2007 and prior to this he was President, SABMiller South America from 2005. He joined SAB Ltd in 1984 and has held a number of senior positions in the group. These include Marketing Director, SAB Ltd, Managing Director, Kompania Piwowarska S.A. and Senior Vice President, Market Development and Strategy, Miller Brewing Company.