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SABMiller plc appoints Managing Director of Polish operations

9 August 2007

SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers, announces the appointment of Dieter Schulze as Managing Director of Kompania Piwowarska (KP), the group’s operations in Poland. Mr Schulze replaces Mark Bowman who was recently appointed to manage SABMiller Africa.

Dieter Schulze joins KP from Ursus Breweries in Romania, where he has been Managing Director for just over four years. Prior to joining Ursus, he spent a year in Poland as Financial Director and is therefore familiar with the country and Kompania Piwowarska. 

Alan Clark, Managing Director of SABMiller Europe, commented: “During Dieter’s time in Romania, the company has enjoyed a period of strong growth, supported by a powerful brand portfolio. Starting from a market share of around 12% just a few years ago, the company is now challenging for market leadership. The skills that Dieter applied in Romania will be of great benefit to our subsidiary in Poland. I look forward to working with him, and I join my colleagues in welcoming Dieter to Poland.”

SABMiller produces many of the leading brands of beer in Poland such as Tyskie, Lech and Zubr and Kompania Piwowarska is enjoying a period of strong growth with volumes buoyant both at home and in new export markets such as the United Kingdom. Volumes in the financial year to 31 March 2007 increased 13% and market share increased by 1% to over 38%.

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About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group’s brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2007, the group reported US$3,154 million in adjusted pre-tax profit and revenue of $18,620 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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Kompania Piwowarska - leader of the Polish beer industry
Kompania Piwowarska is the biggest and the most profitable brewer in Poland.  Hundreds of years of experience in beer brewing, state-of-the-art technology and rigorous adherence to the World Class Manufacturing rules guarantee the products' highest quality.  The company's product portfolio includes TYSKIE - Poles' favourite beer, ŻUBR - the second largest Polish beer brand, LECH, Dębowe Mocne, Pilsner Urquell, Redd's, Dog in the Fog, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Miller Genuine Draft.  Kompania Piwowarska was established in 1999 as a result of a merger of Tyskie Górny Śląsk SA and Lech Browary Wielkopolski SA.  In 2003 Kompania Piwowarska acquired the Dojlidy Brewery in Białystok.

In the year ended 31 March 2007, Kompania Piwowarska reported revenue of PLN 4.4 billion and net profit of PLN 693 million. Sales volume amounted to 13 million hectolitres.

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