SABMiller announces Investor Relations appointments
29 September 2003
Following the continued growth of SABMiller plc, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Leibowitz as Vice President of Investor Relations (US) and Mat Dunn as Business Analyst - Investor Relations.
Mr. Leibowitz has responsibility for managing the Company's institutional investor and securities analyst relationships in North America as well as business and financial analysis of SABMiller's North and Central American operating units, for the purposes of external disclosure. Mr. Leibowitz was most recently Director of Investor Relations for Centrica plc, following a career in corporate development (Intel Corporation), private equity (EBRD) and investment banking (Merrill Lynch & Co.) in New York. During this period he made private equity and debt investments in six brewing and malting companies and held Board Directorships of two such investees in partnership with Carlsberg A/S.
Mr. Dunn, who joins the team on 1 October, will be responsible for financial analysis of the Company's operating unit performance and the preparation of business and financial information for external disclosure. He will also participate in the Company's global investor relations programmes. Mr. Dunn has worked within SABMiller's finance function since 2002 as a management analyst, following previous finance roles at Diageo plc and J Sainsbury plc.
Mr. Leibowitz will work alongside Anna Miller Salzman, Head of Investor Relations, and report directly to SABMiller's Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Clark. Mr. Dunn will report to Anna Miller Salzman.
SABMiller Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Clark commented: "Given the truly global nature of SABMiller's shareholder base we are strengthening our investor relations team to ensure that we are able to provide a service to all of our investors and analysts in each of our markets.
I am delighted that Gary and Mat are joining the team, they both bring strong financial and analytical skills gained in the beverage sector".
Gary Leibowitz joined SABMiller plc as Vice President of Investor Relations (US) on 12 September 2003.
Prior to this he was most recently Director of Investor Relations at Centrica plc. In this capacity, he upgraded the Investor Relations function including progressive and transparent external disclosure through a period of significant North American and UK acquisition activity. He joined Centrica in 2001 following a period of six years of private equity and corporate development experience.
Prior to Centrica, Mr. Leibowitz was Senior Treasury/M&A Manager for Intel Corporation, managing pan-European corporate development transactions. Previously Mr. Leibowitz served as Principal at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, focusing on food and beverage investments and corporate restructurings in Central & Eastern Europe and Russia. During this period he made private equity and debt investments in six brewing and malting companies and held Board Directorships of two breweries in partnership with Carlsberg A/S.
Previously Mr. Leibowitz executed acquisition financings and other recapitalisations as a Financial Analyst in the High Yield Finance & Restructuring team of Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York. Mr. Leibowitz earned his MBA at the University of California (Los Angeles) and London Business School, and he holds a BA in Political Economy, Cum Laude, from the University of California (Berkeley).
Mr. Leibowitz is married and has two daughters.