RNS Number : 0309N
25 September 2012

SABMiller - Senior Management Change


SABMiller plc has appointed Catherine May as its new Director of Corporate Affairs. She will join the group on 15 October 2012, assuming responsibility for media, investor relations, political affairs, corporate affairs, corporate social responsibility and internal communications. She will be a member of SABMiller's Executive Committee, reporting to Executive Chairman Graham Mackay.


Catherine joins SABMiller from Centrica plc, where she served as Corporate Affairs Director from 2006 until December 2011, having previously been Group Director of Corporate Relations at the information publishing group Reed Elsevier. Before joining Reed Elsevier, Catherine was a partner at issues management consultancy Luther Pendragon, where she advised a number of blue chip clients in the UK and internationally.


Commenting on Catherine's appointment, Graham Mackay, Executive Chairman, said:


"I am very pleased to welcome Catherine to SABMiller, and delighted that we have been able to attract such a high calibre executive. With her extensive international corporate affairs and communications experience, she will make a great contribution to our performance as one of the world's leading brewers, leading the strong corporate affairs function built up by Sue Clark, and continuing to develop the critical capabilities which help to grow our business sustainably for the benefit of all of our stakeholders."


Catherine May said:


"I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the team at SABMiller. The group has long been admired as a global leader in doing business locally, with strong and sustainable businesses that contribute to their local economies. I am very much looking forward to doing my part in building on its great strengths and proven capabilities."


Catherine is married with two children. She is a non-executive director of English National Opera and a trustee of the UK National Funding Platform and of the Foundation for World Capitals of Culture. She succeeds Sue Clark who was appointed in June 2012 as Managing Director of SABMiller Europe, having served as the group's Corporate Affairs Director since 2003.





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.


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Mike Short

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SABMiller plc

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Gary Leibowitz

Senior VP, Investor Relations

SABMiller plc

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Head of Global Communications

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