RNS Number : 1658K
15 April 2010

SABMiller plc announces appointment of new non-executive director


SABMiller plc is pleased to announce that Mr Mark Armour has agreed to join the SABMiller board as an independent non-executive director.


Mr Armour, age 55, has been the Chief Financial Officer of Reed Elsevier Group plc since 1996, having previously been a partner in the London Office of Price Waterhouse.


From 2002 until 2004 Mr Armour was Chairman of The Hundred Group of Finance Directors.  He was also a member of the Finance and Reporting Working Group of the UK Government's Company Law Review Steering Group, which reported in 2001, and a member of the group appointed by the Financial Reporting Council which produced the Smith Report on Audit Committees in 2003.


Mr Armour will join the board of SABMiller plc on 1 May 2010, and will be appointed as a member of the Audit Committee.


SABMiller also announces that Lord Fellowes, who has been an independent non-executive director since March 1999, will not be seeking re-election this year, and will retire from the board at the Annual General Meeting in July 2010.


Lord Fellowes is currently the Senior Independent Director and the Chairman of SABMiller's Corporate Accountability and Risk Assurance Committee.  Mr John Manser, who has been an independent non-executive director since 2001 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee, will be appointed as the Senior Independent Director, and Dr Dambisa Moyo, who has been an independent non-executive director since May 2009, will be appointed as Chair of the Corporate Accountability and Risk Assurance Committee.


Mr Meyer Kahn, Chairman of SABMiller plc, commented:


"I am delighted to welcome Mark Armour to our board.  He has a wealth of experience in financial and accounting matters and a hugely impressive track record as chief financial officer of Reed Elsevier.  Mark will be an excellent addition to our audit committee, and his appointment reflects our continued commitment to the process of progressive renewal of the board.


"At the same time, I am saddened that we be losing Robert Fellowes from our board.  He has been a diligent and committed director, and his support and contribution as our senior independent director has been remarkable.  I am indebted to him for his friendship and dedication over more than a decade of service."




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 Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as market-leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.  SABMiller is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world. 


In the year ended 31 March 2009, the group reported US$3,405 million in adjusted pre-tax profit and group revenue of US$25,302 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.


This announcement is available on the company website: www.sabmiller.com


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