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SABMiller plc appoints Managing Director of Russian operations

7 September 2006

London and Johannesburg, 7 September 2006. SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers, announces the appointment of James Wilson as Managing Director of TransMark and Kaluga Brewing Company, the group’s operations in Russia. Mr Wilson replaces Ari Mervis who recently was appointed to manage Pacific Beverages Ltd., a joint venture between SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil in Australia.

James Wilson joined SABMiller from Scottish & Newcastle plc in February 2005. Prior to his new role, he served as Senior Vice-President Market Development and Strategy for Miller Brewing Company in the US and as Director of Strategic Projects for the group based in London. At Scottish & Newcastle, Mr Wilson held various senior international strategy positions after his appointment in 2001 from Rémy Cointreau.

SABMiller continues to focus on the premium segment in Russia with brands such as Miller Genuine Draft, Redd’s, Velkopopovicky Kozel and local premium beer Zolotaya Bochka. Volumes in the financial year to 31 March 2006 increased 14% doubling the industry growth and helping it to achieve a share of 15% of the profit pool despite its 5% volume share.

Alan Clark, Managing Director of SABMiller Europe, commented:

“James brings a wealth of senior management experience to Russia from his long history within the beverage industry. This coupled with his extensive financial background will help our operations in Russia continue to outperform the market by driving value and volume growth. I look forward to working with him, and I join my colleagues in welcoming James to Moscow.”

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SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five 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 2006, the group reported US$15,307 million in revenues and profit before tax of US$2,453 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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SABMiller plc  
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Sue Clark 
Director of Corporate Affairs 
Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Gary Leibowitz 
Vice President, Investor Relations 
Tel: +44 20 7659 0174

James Crampton 
Media Relations Manager 
Tel: +44 7795 208158

Nadezhda Khotina 
Corporate Affairs Manager,
TransMark LLC
Subsidiary of SABMiller plc in Russia 
Tel: +7 495 937 33 50

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