SABMiller plc announces new non-executive director
31 July 2009
SABMiller plc announces today that Mr Howard Willard will join the board of SABMiller plc with effect from 1 August 2009. Mr Willard has been nominated for appointment to the Board under the terms of the Relationship Agreement entered into between Altria Group, Inc. ("Altria") and SABMiller as part of the Miller Brewing Company transaction in 2002.
Mr Willard currently serves as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Altria and is a member of Altria's senior management team. He has held various leadership positions at Philip Morris USA Inc. in Finance, Sales, Information Services and Corporate Responsibility. Before joining the Altria family of companies in 1992, Howard worked at Bain & Company and at Salomon Brothers, Inc. He currently serves on the board of the YMCA in Greater Richmond, Virginia.
Under the terms of the Relationship Agreement, Altria has the right to nominate up to three representatives for appointment as non executive directors of SABMiller. Since 2004, in order to assist SABMiller to apply the provision of the Combined Code that at least half the directors, excluding the Chairman, should be independent non-executive directors, Altria has elected not to exercise its right to nominate a third director. Now that the Board of SABMiller consists, in addition to the Chairman, of eight directors whom the Board has determined to be independent for the purposes of the Combined Code and six directors whom the Board has determined not to be independent, the appointment of a third director nominated by Altria will no longer result in this requirement of the Combined Code not being met. In addition, as neither of the two directors currently nominated by Altria are now members of Altria's executive management team, Altria has advised SABMiller that it believes it appropriate that one of Altria's nominees should be an executive officer of Altria.
There are no details to disclose under paragraphs 9.6.13(1) to (6) of the Listing Rules.
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Notes to editors:
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as market-leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. SABMiller is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.
In the year ended 31 March 2009, the group reported US$3,405 million adjusted pre-tax profit and group revenue of US$25,302 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
Altria Relationship Agreement
Altria Group, Inc ("Altria") is the largest single shareholder in SABMiller plc, holding approximately 27.37% of the issued share capital of SABMiller plc, excluding treasury shares, as at 30 June 2009. Under the terms of the Relationship Agreement entered into between Altria and SABMiller as part of the Miller Brewing Company transaction in 2002, and amended, with shareholders' approval, in 2005 as part of the Bavaria transaction, Altria has the right to nominate up to three representatives for appointment as non executive directors of SABMiller, subject to the level of its economic interest in SABMiller, and any disposals of shares in SABMiller are subject to orderly market arrangements.
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