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Fernando Zavala, new C.E.O. of Cervecería Nacional S.A. in Panama

17 August 2009

First Peruvian taking over C.E.O. position of an affiliated company of the group SABMiller

Lima, August 12th, 2009.- Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A. announced the appointment of Fernando Zavala Lombardi as C.E.O. of Cervecería Nacional S.A. in Panama, affiliated company of the group SABMiller.

Zavala Lombardi will assume his new role on August 24th; this makes him the first Peruvian assuming the highest role in a SABMiller operation around the world.

With this appointment, there are 4 executives of Backus who take part of the Board in other operations of SABMiller in Latin America, consolidating the presence of the Peruvian talent internationally, in several areas like Financing, Manufacturing and Marketing.

Fernando Zavala became part of Backus in August of 2006, and for 3 years held the Vice-president of Strategy and Corporate Relationships position of the company, showing great leadership towards the entrusted responsibilities and roles.  

Fernando Zavala Lombardi is an economist from the Universidad del Pacifico and has an MBA from University of Birmingham and a master in Company Management from Universidad de Piura. He has have an important career in the public sector as General Manager of Indecopi, Vice-minister and Minister of Economy and Finances from August, 2005 to July, 2006. He has been the Governor of Peru for the Banco Interamericano de Finanzas and the World Bank, member of the Board of Corporación Andina de Fomento, member of the Board of Cofide, Promperú, among others.

About Cervecería Nacional

Founded 100 years ago, Cervecería Nacional is the leader of the beer market in Panama.

In 2005, the Cervecería Nacional S.A. became part of Group SABMiller, second beer in the world in volume, with operations in the 6 continents, it has a presence in 75, it has more than 200 brands, almost 70,000 employees and produces 210 million of hectoliters of beer per year.

For more information please contact:
Cecilia Quevedo / Dora Vallejos
External Communications of Backus
311 3000
Samuel Saiz / Carlos Solari
Llorente & Cuenca

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 12-08-09.

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