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Gary Whitlie appointed as President of Ursus Breweries (Translation)

23 March 2010

Bucharest, 22nd March, 2010
Gary Whitlie (53) takes over the position of President of Ursus Breweries, the leader of the beer market in Romania, as of June 2010. Gary has extensive experience and knowledge of beer markets, as he worked for the SABMiller Group for the past 26 years, in a variety of senior financial positions as well as managing three business entities. He was the General Manager of Chamdor Breweries in South Africa, he set up and led Miller Brands, SABMiller's operating company in the United Kingdom and since October 2008 he is the Managing Director of Dreher Breweries in Hungary.

"After setting up a successful operating company in a very competitive beer market like the UK and leading one of the finest beer companies in Hungary, I am very aware of the fact that passionate people build strong and competitive brands and I know that this is part of  a  successful recipe. Romania comes with great challenges, taking into account the recent evolution of the beer market, but I am fortunate to work with great professionals here and I know that we have a remarkable portfolio of leading beer brands", says Gary Whitlie.

Gary Whitlie was appointed General Manager of Chamdor Breweries in 1993 and after only one year he moved to the position of Finance Director for Beer Division.  In 1999 he took up the position of Finance Director for SABMiller's European operation in Hungary. At the begging of 2001 Gary left Hungary after a 'too short' stay in Budapest to take up the position of Director Finance & Control for the SABMiller group. In 2005 he transferred to the operational role of Managing Director, setting up Miller Brands, SABMiller's operating company in the United Kingdom. Since October 2008 he is Managing Director of Dreher Breweries.

Gary was born in England, but schooled and qualified as a chartered accountant in Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa in 1984, where he joined South African Breweries in Durban as a Financial Accountant. Gary is married; he has two children and two grandchildren. His hobbies are photography and travel; he also likes golf and skiing.

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.  

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [22/03/2010].

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