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Gary Haigh – New Managing Director of Kompania Piwowarska SA - The Brewing Company

27 May 2009

Kompania Piwowarska announces the appointment of Gary Haigh to the post of Managing Director, which he will assume on June 1, 2009.

Gary Haigh will come to Kompania Piwowarska from Great Britain where he previously held the post of Managing Director for Imports in SABMiller Europe.

Gary Haigh gained his rich experience in several countries and various consumer industries (FMCG). He served as marketing director with Procter and Gamble in Great Britain, and then with Pepsi Cola International, first as head of marketing and then as managing director responsible for Cyprus, Hungary and Austria. In addition, he also served as marketing director with the British branch of Pizza Hut.

Through his work as managing director of the Belgian and Dutch branches of Diageo he gained experience in the alcohol industry, and then, as marketing head for Guinness of Great Britain, he became an expert in the beer industry.

In 2005, Gary assumed the post of Managing Director for Imports of SABMiller Europe and operated on 35 European markets as well as managed employees of 10 different nationalities working in eight countries.  SABMiller Europe Imports is a branch of the company responsible for sales and marketing of SABMiller beer brands in countries in which the group does not have its own breweries. The majority of those operations concern Germany, France and Spain, as well as significant presence in sales in Austria, Sweden and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The offered portfolio includes premium SABMiller brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft, as well as strong regional brands like Tyskie, Lech, Velkopopovicky Kozel and Gambrinus.

Gary Haigh is 45 years old and is a graduate of Cambridge (English literature). He is married and has two daughters. 

Dieter Schulze, the outgoing Managing Director of Kompania Piwowarska, is to manage global purchases for SABMiller

Simultaneously, the Board of SABMiller plc announced the appointment of Dieter Schulze, current CEO of Kompania Piwowarska, to the post of the group's Managing Director for global purchases for SABMiller plc. His branch will be responsible for the majority of direct and indirect purchases for the whole group.
Dieter Schulze has managed Kompania Piwowarska since mid-2007; during his tenure the sales of KP grew by ca. 17% (reaching the level of 15.1 M hl), while the market share of the company increased from 38% to 42.9%.
Previously, for a period of over four years, Schulze served as managing director in the Ursus Breweries in Romania, after a year in the capacity of CFO with the Kompania Piwowarska in Poland.


Note for the editor:

Kompania Piwowarska [the Brewing Company] - the leader of the brewing industry in Poland
Kompania Piwowarska is the biggest brewing enterprise in Poland. Several centuries of experience in the brewing industry, state-of-the-art technology, and the rigorous observance of the norms of production categorized as World Class Manufacturing guarantee the highest quality of the product. The company offers, among others, the following brands: TYSKIE (the favorite beer of Poles), ŻUBR (number two in volume sold in Poland), Lech, Dębowe Mocne, Redd's, Wojak, as well as international premium brands like Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The Brewing Company was established in 1999 through a merger of Tyskie Browary Książęce [Tychy Duke's Brewery] and Lech Browary Wielkopolski [Lech Great Poland Brewery]. Browar Dojlidy [Dojlidy Brewery] in Białystok joined the Company in 2003 and the Brewery of Kielce in 2008. The volume of sales by the KP reached 15.1 M hectoliters of beer in the financial year concluded on March 31, 2009.

SABMiller - one the biggest world manufacturers of beer
Kompania Piwowarska is a part of one of the biggest manufacturers of beer in the world - SABMiller plc. The group produces or distributes beer on six continents, and its portfolio includes internationally known Premium brands (among others, Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as leading local brands like Aquilla, Castle Lager, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie). SABMiller plc is among the biggest companies in the world (outside of the US) bottling the products of Coca-Cola. In the financial year of 2009, concluded on March 31, SABMiller registered gross receipts of 25.3 billion dollars and reached gross profits of 3.4 billion dollars. SABMiller plc is listed on London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

Additional information can be obtained from:

Paweł Kwiatkowski
Director for Corporate Affairs and the Company Spokesman
ul. Szwajcarska 11, 61-285 Poznań
Telephone +48 61 8787 881
Fax +48 61 8787 850
Mobile +48 601 599 198


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