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SABMiller plc appoints head of corporate accountability

20 August 2004

SABMiller plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Knight as head of corporate accountability with effect from 1 December 2004.

Dr Knight, who will report to Sue Clark, SABMiller director of corporate affairs, will head a team of three corporate accountability specialists and will be based at SABMiller’s offices in Woking.

Ms Clark said: "I am delighted to welcome Alan to the company; he brings significant experience in the corporate accountability field particularly in understanding different social and environmental impacts of products throughout their supply chain and the steps that can be taken by companies to both reduce those impacts and where possible create opportunities for both business and society by doing things in a different way.

"SABMiller has a strong track record in the corporate accountability area and particularly in corporate and social responsibility reporting. However given the nature of our product and the geographical footprint of our business throughout Africa and Asia we need to constantly improve our efforts in this important area."

Dr. Knight (40) joins SABMiller plc from Kingfisher PLC, where he was head of corporate and social responsibility (CSR). Prior to this, he was head of sustainability for its main subsidiary – B&Q UK. Dr. Knight has fourteen years’ experience in creating and developing policy and practices in the CSR sector. His experience has lead to several senior government advisory roles including being a commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission and more recently leading a think-tank for the UK Prime Minister’s Office and Government on sustainable consumption. In 1998 he was the awarded the OBE for his services to the environmental audit in business.

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Notes to editors:

  • SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers, with 2003/04 lager volumes in excess of 137 million hectolitres. It has a brewing presence in over 40 countries across four continents and a portfolio of strong brands and leading market shares in many of the countries in which it has brewing operations. Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

    In the year ended 31 March 2004, the group generated US$1,391 million pre-tax profit from a turnover of US$12,645 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

  • Alan Knight joins SABMiller from Kingfisher PLC, where he spent 14 years, and since 2000 has been head of CSR. He has had much experience in managing and advising on CSR issues and his experience in this area has lead to a number of senior government advisory roles. These currently include co-chair of the UK Sustainable Consumption Roundtable and membership of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

  • In 1998 he was made Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘Services to Environmental Audit in Business’. His awards in his role with Kingfisher PLC include ‘Retail Week’ award for Best UK Retail CSR Strategy (B&Q), 2004, EU Award for Best Company Sustainable Development programme in Europe, 2001, Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development (B&Q), 2000, Business in the Community – Best Company for Environment, 2000, ACCA – Environmental Reporting Award, 2000. He also holds a number of other positions, including: Director of the Tropical Forest Trust, Ambassador for WWF UK, and has been a member of HRH Prince of Wales's Royal Warrant Environment Committee, since 1991.

    Dr Knight’s PhD is from the University of London and he gained a BSc Honours in geology from the University of Southampton.

  • Dr Knight will be supported in the UK by Helen Mant, who joined SABMiller plc in May 2004 from Bureau Veritas UK & Ireland, where she managed their CSR consultancy team and provided advise to a number of major FTSE100 listed companies on managing and implementing CSR programmes. Prior to this she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP advising both public and private sector clients on sustainable business solutions. Helen is a qualified chartered accountant and has a degree in law with a specialism in international environmental law.

  • In South Africa he will be supported by David Grant, who is based in Johannesburg, and has been with SABMiller since Oct 2000, working on group environmental strategy and the implementation of environmental programmes across Africa. Before joining SABMiller, David spent time working on environmental programmes in the motor industry and the oil and gas industry in South Africa.

Further information

Ciaran Baker
Tel: + 44 20 7659 0120 
Head of corporate communications   
SABMiller plc

This release is available on SABMiller’s corporate website at: www.sabmiller.com

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