Brau Holding International, the German joint venture in which Heineken owns a 49% stake, has announced that its chief executive is to leave the company.

Wolfgang Salewski will leave his dual position of chief executive of BHI and its brewing subsidiary Paulaner on 31 March. The reasons for his departure were not disclosed.

Salewski will be replaced by Dr. Friedrich Hoepfner, currently managing director of two other BHI breweries, Hoepfner and Fürstenberg. Hoepfner oversaw BHI's recent acquisition of Schmucker Brewery in Baden-Württemberg.

Officials at BHI could not be reached for further comment as just-drinks went to press.

BHI, a venture between Heineken and German conglomerate Schörghuber Corporate Group, is one of the country's largest breweries with a stable of brands including Paulnaer, Kulmbacher and Hacker-Pschorr.