Heineken has appointed a replacement managing director for its UK business.

The company, which announced last month that Jeremy Blood had left the MD post at Scottish & Newcastle UK, confirmed today (12 June) that Stefan Orlowski, its current group commerce director, will assume the position from 1 July.

Orlowski will report to Didier Debrosse, Heineken's regional president for Western Europe, and will join the Western Europe management team.

"I am delighted that Stefan has accepted this critical leadership role in one of our highest priority markets," said Jean-François van Boxmeer, Heineken's CEO. "He has the right attributes and experience to address the considerable challenges of the UK market. He has worked directly with the UK management team on their commercial strategy and has an outstanding track record in both general and commercial management."

Orlowski added: "The chance now to work alongside a strong and talented UK management team to lead one of Heineken's most important markets is a compelling personal and professional opportunity. I am looking forward to getting started."
A replacement group commerce director will be announced in due course, the company added.