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SABMiller S.Africa chairman steps down

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Alan Clark, SABMiller CEO believes that consolidating the regions will allow the company to access growth prospects. PHOTO: SABMiller

Adami, who will also retire from the group with effect from 31 July 2014, will be replaced by Mauricio Leyva, currently the managing director of Beer South Africa.

“Adami has made an enduring contribution to the SABMiller group over many years and in many roles, and his passion, commitment, and deep business insights will be sorely missed,” said [DATA SAB:SABMiller plc] chief executive, Alan Clark.

“He has been a stalwart of our business for 35 years, and on behalf of all of my colleagues and our shareholders, I would like to thank Adami for his support, friendship and inspirational leadership, both in South Africa and as a member of the SABMiller’s executive leadership team, and to wish him and his family every happiness on his retirement.”

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SABMiller also announced that, with effect from 1 July 2014, SABMiller’s South African and African regions will be consolidated into one region for management purposes.

Mark Bowman, who is currently managing director (MD) of SABMiller Africa, will become MD of the enlarged SABMiller Africa region as well.

Both Leyva and John Ustas, MD of Amalgamated Beverage Industries – the group’s South African soft drinks business, will report to Bowman.

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“I am very pleased to be able to appoint Bowman to head our new Africa division. As we look to capitalise on our global scale and presence, we see significant advantages in managing all of our African businesses as one region. Bowman has been instrumental in developing SABMiller's beer and soft drinks operations on the African continent over the past six years,” Clark said.

“Mauricio Leyva has done an excellent job in South Africa since his appointment last year, in very challenging economic conditions. His skills, leadership and track record make him a great choice to lead our South African business and I am confident that it will continue to thrive under his leadership.”