• Western Europe zone president left in November
  • Alain Beyens now CEO of CVC Capital's StarBev brewer
  • Bob Golden becomes vice president, mergers and acquisitions
Alain Beyens quit A-B InBev late last year

Alain Beyens quit A-B InBev late last year

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed the departure of its zone president for Western Europe.

Speaking to just-drinks today (27 January), a spokesperson for the global brewer said that Alain Beyens, who had assumed the position in January 2008, left the company late last year.

Beyens has this month been unveiled by StarBev, the Eastern European brewing arm of private equity group CVC Capital, as its new CEO.

CVC acquired what is now known as StarBev from A-B InBev late last year. The company acquired A-B InBev’s operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia.

Beyens had initially told A-B InBev of his intention to leave back in November, saying that he wanted to “pursue CEO opportunities outside of the company”, the spokesperson told just-drinks.

Jo Van Biesbroeck has subsequently been named zone president for Western Europe at A-B InBev. Van Biesbroeck joined InBev's predecessor, Interbrew, in 1978, progressing through various positions in control and finance before becoming the company's chief financial officer from 1993 to 1999.

He became senior vice president of corporate strategy in 2003 and, in December 2004, was appointed chief strategy and business development officer. He became chief sales officer in 2005, and took on the role of chief strategy and sales officer at the beginning of 2009.

Separately, the brewer also announced the appointment of a vice president of mergers and acquisitions.

Based out of the company's offices in New York, Bob Golden will assume the position, having been VP of acquisitions and development at A-B since 2007. In this previous role, Golden's responsibilities included leading the US divestiture efforts.

He has been with A-B for over 20 years, and replaces Pedro Earp, who has returned to Brazil to take responsibility for the marketing behind the Skol, Stella Artois, Bohemia, Original and Imported beer brands.