Inbev has created a new position at board level, leading to a change in its zone presidency for Western Europe.

The brewer announced late last week that Stéfan Descheemaeker, the current zone president for Western Europe, has moved to become chief strategy officer at executive board level. Descheemaeker will be replaced by Alain Beyens, the zone president for Central & Eastern Europe.

Beyens' position will subsequently be taken by Francisco Sá, currently VP of soft drinks for Latin America North.

Descheemaeker joined InBev in 1996, leading the business development and external growth function up to the creation of InBev in 2004. Since then, he has led the company's US business, the Central & Eastern European zone and, most recently, the Western European zone.

Beyens joined InBev in 1987, holding various positions in distribution and sales before being appointed general manager of InBev Belgium in 1999. In 2002, he became regional president for BeNeFraLux, and in 2005 business unit president of InBev Germany, Italy, Spain, Cuba, France and The Netherlands before being appointed zone president for Central & Eastern Europe in January 2006.

Sá has been with InBev since 1998, and has held an array of roles including direct distribution manager, regional sales director and, since 2005, VP soft drinks for Latin America North.

All of these changes took effect from yesterday (1 January), InBev said.