SABMiller - Senior Management Changes
22 October 2012
SABMiller announces that Norman Adami, currently Chairman and Managing Director of The South African Breweries (Pty) Limited, will be promoted to the new role of Chairman, SABMiller Beverages South Africa with effect from 7 January 2013. In his new role, Adami will assume overall strategic responsibility for SABMiller's beverage businesses in South Africa, and will continue as a member of the Group Executive Committee.
Commenting on the appointment, Alan Clark, Chief Operating Officer, said:
“Norman has for a number of years carried the role of Chairman and Managing Director of SAB and Chairman of our other beverage interests in South Africa. Throughout this period he has shown strong leadership and has continued to build our beer and soft drink operations. Given the continuing strategic importance of our operations in South Africa, we have decided to appoint a new Managing Director to run the beer business, who will report to Norman and free him up to play a more strategic and influential role in the further development of our beverage businesses in South Africa, as well as our ongoing operations in Namibia.
“I would like to thank Norman for his many years of inspirational leadership both in South Africa and as a member of the SABMiller Executive Committee, and for his willingness to continue guiding, influencing and building our South African beverage operations.”
The new Managing Director of Beer South Africa will be Mauricio Leyva Arboleda, the current President of SABMiller’s business in Peru, Union de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A. (Backus). Leyva has been with the SABMiller group since the merger with Grupo Empresarial Bavaria in 2005. He was Vice President of Marketing for Bavaria SA in Colombia before being appointed in March 2009 as President of Cerveceria Hondurena S.A., the group’s beer and soft drinks business in Honduras, and was appointed as President of Backus in October 2011. He will take up his new appointment on 7 January 2013.
Leyva (42) is a Colombian national. Prior to joining Bavaria in 2005, Leyva worked in senior commercial roles at Avianca, Colombia’s leading airline, and at COMCEL, Colombia’s leading telecoms company. He began his career with McKinsey & Co in Germany, after graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Los Andes in Colombia, and has a Masters in International Management from the Université de Nancy in France. He is married, with three children.
Commenting on this appointment, Norman Adami said:
“Mauricio is one of SABMiller’s best operators worldwide, and his skills, leadership and track record make him a great choice to carry forward our strategy here in South Africa. His appointment reflects the strength of SABMiller as a truly global developer of strong executive leadership”.
Other consequential appointments, including the new President of Backus in Peru, will be announced in due course.
Notes to editors
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow, Tyskie and Victoria Bitter. SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
In the year ended 31 March 2012 the group reported EBITA of US$5,634 million and group revenue of US$31,388 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
Norman Adami (BBusSc (hons), MBA) was reappointed as Chairman and Managing Director of The South African Breweries (Pty) Limited (SAB Ltd) in October 2008. He first joined SAB Ltd in 1979 and has held a number of senior positions in the group, including Regional Director, Operations Director and Chairman and Managing Director, SAB Ltd; President and Chief Executive Officer, Miller Brewing Company; and President and Chief Executive Officer, SABMiller Americas.
Norman is a member of the SABMiller group executive committee and is an independent non-executive director of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited.
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