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Changes in the Management Team of Ursus Breweries

8 February 2012

Mihai Barsan is the new Marketing Vice President, replacing Grant McKenzie who has been appointed to lead the marketing team of SABMiller business in Czech Republic

Krzysztof Andrzejewski takes over the position of Sales & Distribution Vice President

Bucharest, 6 February 2012

Ursus Breweries announces the appointment of Mihai Barsan as Marketing Vice President of the company, the position currently held by Grant McKenzie. The announcement comes after the appointment of Grant McKenzie as Marketing Director of the local SABMiller business in Czech Republic. 

Krzysztof Andrzejewski is appointed as Sales & Distribution Vice President for Ursus Breweries, the position for which he held the interim since September 2011. An announcement regarding Krzysztof's successor as Finance Vice President will be made separately. Krzysztof will continue to lead the Finance function on an interim basis until his successor is in place.

"We are confident that the international experience gathered by Mihai, combined with his knowledge of our Romanian consumers will reflect positively on Ursus Breweries' portfolio. We will miss Grant's enthusiasm and passion for our brands, and we wish him luck in his new and exciting challenge in the Czech market," said Andrew Highcock, President of Ursus Breweries. "I am also pleased to confirm Krzysztof as Sales & Distribution Vice President. I am confident he will drive our commercial performance to new heights."

Mihai Barsan joined Ursus Breweries in March 2005 and in April 2009 became Marketing Manager of SABMiller Europe. From October 2009 he was appointed Marketing Director of the local SABMiller business in Slovakia. The position of Mihai Barsan as Vice President Marketing Ursus Breweries will start on the 1st of April 2012.

Grant McKenzie joined Ursus Breweries in April 2009. Previously to his position in URSUS Breweries, Grant occupied the position of Marketing and Trade Marketing Director for Compania Cervecera de Canarias (SABMiller Canarias), where he led the marketing and trade activities for the local operations of SABMiller.

Krzysztof Andrzejewski started his work in Ursus Breweries in March 2010. Previous to the appointment in Ursus Breweries he was Finance Director of Operations in Kompania Piwowarska in Poland. 

Ursus Breweries, part of 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, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell, as well as market-leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. Outside the USA, SABMiller PLC is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world. More information about Ursus Breweries can be found at

For information please contact:
Ursus Breweries    
Adriana Cristina Popescu   
Corporate Communications Manager 
Phone: +40 (0) 21 314 04 20

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [06/02/2012].

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