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SABMiller announces Managing Director of SABMiller India

14 July 2006

Ref 28/2006

SABMiller plc today announces the appointment of Jean-Marc Delpon de Vaux as Managing Director of SABMiller India with effect from 1 August 2006. Mr. Delpon de Vaux will take over from Richard Rushton who will assume a position in SABMiller South America.

Jean-Marc Delpon de Vaux joined SABMiller India from Unilever, where he held numerous senior marketing and general management positions including Chairman and CEO of Unilever Pakistan, and most recently, of Lever Faberge, France.

SABMiller India is the subcontinent’s second largest brewer with a market share of approximately 33%. In the financial year to 31 March 2005, SABMiller India increased volumes 9% and achieved price increases in key states. Its brand portfolio includes Royal Challenge, Haywards 5000, Castle and the recently launched Haywards Black, India’s first stout beer.

André Parker, Managing Director of SABMiller Africa and Asia, said:

“I am delighted to be welcoming Jean-Marc to SABMiller. He brings a wealth of management experience and knowledge of FMCG’s in a diverse range of markets and I am confident that our India operations will benefit greatly from his appointment.

“I would like to thank Richard for his outstanding contributions to the India business over the past four plus years.  Under his leadership SABMiller has acquired and integrated several breweries and brands to become the second largest beer producer in India.  He leaves the business with a foundation of stronger brands, talent and professional management practices that position us well for continued growth in future.”

Jean-Marc Delpon de Vaux commented:

“This is an exciting opportunity to grow further SABMiller’s operations in India. While there continue to be a number of challenges, particularly with regards to the slow progress of industry reform, I believe that SABMiller India has the brands, the people and expertise to triumph.”

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SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five continents. The group’s brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.
 
In the year ended 31 March 2006, the group reported US$2,626 million adjusted pre-tax profit and a turnover of US$15,307 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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Jean-Marc Delpon de Vaux
2001 – 2004  Lever Fabergé, France – Chairman and CEO
2001   Unilever Europe, Hair Category – Chairman
1999 – 2001 Unilever Pakistan – Chairman and CEO
1993 – 1999 Unilever Marocco, Maghreb – Chairman and CEO

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