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7 September 2009

Pilsen, September 3, 2009 - After successful four and a half years at the helm of Plzensky Prazdroj, Mike Short is leaving the post of Chief Executive Officer on September 30 to join the Corporate Affairs team at the London office of SABMiller, the owner of Plzensky Prazdroj. Mike Short is taking up a senior role in this global function of the SABMiller group with effect from October 1. During his tenure at Plzensky Prazdroj, Mike Short opened a new packaging hall in Pilsen, the most state-of-the-art packaging facility in Central Europe, worth more than CZK 1 billion. He also launched successful eleven-degree beers, Kozel Medium and Gambrinus Excelent as well as the beer specialty Master.

Born in the UK, Mike Short moved to South Africa where he set up a company that provided project management services to South African Breweries, a company he later joined. From South Africa, his journey continued through a Hungarian brewery, Dreher, to one of the major European brewers, Plzensky Prazdroj, which he has led since February 1, 2005.

Notes for editors:

- With total sales of over 10.7 million hectolitres in the calendar year 2008 (including licensed production abroad) and exports to more than 50 countries around the world, Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s., is a major beer producer in the region and the largest exporter of Czech beer.
- Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. is a member of the global group SABMiller plc. Pilsner Urquell is the international flagship of the SABMiller brand portfolio.
- SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The SABMiller brand portfolio consists of international brands such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and Pilsner Urquell, as well as almost two hundred successful regional and national brands.

Jiri Marecek
724 617 219

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 3rd September, 2009.

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