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SABMiller plc announces two new non-executive directors

7 May 2008

SABMiller plc is pleased to announce that Ms Maria Ramos and Mr Rob Pieterse have agreed to join the SABMiller board as independent non-executive directors.

Ms Ramos, age 49, has a notable track record in both the political and business worlds. She is currently Group Chief Executive of Transnet Limited, South Africa’s largest transport, infrastructure and logistics firm, which controls the country’s rail and port operations. Her achievements have included divesting non-core assets, including South African Airways, embarking on a major capital expenditure program, and improving customer service.

She is a non-executive director of the South African financial services company, Sanlam Limited, and of the South African investment holding company, Remgro Limited.  She is also a Member of the Chief Economist Advisory Council of the World Bank.

Previously  she was Director-General of the South African National Treasury between 1996 and 2003, and formerly an economist in the African National Congress Department of Economic Planning. 

During her career, Ms Ramos has won a multitude of accolades, including being named as South Africa’s Businesswoman of the year in 2001, and Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year 2005.  She is placed 14th by Fortune Magazine in their World's Most Powerful Women in Business ratings in 2007.

Mr Pieterse, age 65, is currently chairman of the supervisory boards of Mercurius Groep B.V., the specialist printing, publishing and communications group and of Royal Grolsch N.V., which became a subsidiary of SABMiller on 12 February 2008. 

In addition, he is a member of the supervisory boards of Essent N.V., CSM N.V. and a former member of the supervisory board of Connexxion Holding N.V.  He is a non-executive director of Mecom Group plc and was a member of the supervisory board of Koninklijke Wegener N.V. prior to its acquisition by Mecom. 

Mr Pieterse serves on the boards of VEUO, the association of Dutch listed companies, and of EuropeanIssuers (formerly known as EALIC, the European Association of Listed Companies). Mr Pieterse spent 25 years at the multi-national information services company, Wolters Kluwer N.V., where he was Chairman from 2000 until 2003.

Mr Meyer Kahn, Chairman of SABMiller plc, commented:
“I am delighted to welcome to our board two such distinguished and internationally acclaimed individuals.  Their vast experience will be of immense value to SABMiller and these appointments enhance the independence and balance of the board whilst continuing the process of progressive renewal.”

Ms Ramos and Mr Pieterse will join the board of SABMiller plc on 15 May 2008.


Notes to editors
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group’s brands include premium international beers such as Grolsch, 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 2007, the group reported US$3,154 million in adjusted pre-tax profit and revenue of $18,620 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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