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SABMiller appoints group brand communications director

30 September 2003

SABMiller has announced the appointment of Charlie Hiscocks as its group brand communications director.

Mark Sherrington, SABMiller group marketing director said, "I am extremely pleased to welcome Charlie to SABMiller. His appointment underlines our commitment to raising marketing capability across the group. Charlie is vastly experienced in the development of brands and his skills will be a valuable asset to the group's marketing functions."

Mr. Hiscocks's role will cover three main areas: supporting SABMiller's operating businesses in their in-market efforts to improve both the process and output of brand communications, championing and coordinating the group's efforts to become world leaders in 360 degree integrated marketing, and supporting the drive behind Group's international brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) and Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

Mr. Hiscocks (41) has a distinguished background in brand building communications. He joins SABMiller from Added Value, part of WPP, the world's largest communications group, where he was director of the integrated communications group.

Prior to joining Added Value he was a founding member of Tempus Partners and of Vodafone's Global Communications Team.

He also brings significant experience from his work with agencies such as Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) and J. Walter Thompson (JWT), where he was the board director in charge of the integrated Boots The Chemist business, as well as running pan-European business for Unilever Bestfoods and Kimberly Clarke.

He was also a founder member of "The Store", the cross WPP retail specialist group and has been a regular contributor to IPA training course and conferences.

Mr. Hiscocks takes up his new appointment on 1 October 2003.


Notes to editors:
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with 2002/03 lager volumes in excess of 115 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 2003, the group generated US$770 million pre-tax profit from a turnover of US$9,112 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.


Ciaran Baker
Head of Corporate Communications
SABMiller plc
Tel: +44 20 7659 0120
Mob: +44 7979 95 44 93

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