Heineken has begun a shake-up of its senior management following the closure of its joint purchase of Scottish & Newcastle.

The Netherlands-based brewer said today (29 April) that Jeremy Blood will become MD of its newly-integrated UK business. Blood, who has been MD of S&N's UK business since December, will be based in Edinburgh, where Heineken said it will locate its UK operating headquarters. He will report directly to Didier Debrosse, Heineken's regional president of Western Europe.

When contacted by just-drinks, a spokesperson for Heineken said that it was "too soon to say" what would happen to Heineken's headquarters in the UK, which is based in Wimbledon, London. "Because the two operations are largely complementary, we don't expect any major changes," the spokesperson said.

David Forde, the current MD of Heineken UK, will be offered a new position within the UK organisation. "The full new management team (for the UK) has yet to be announced," the spokesperson added.

At the same time, Heineken also reappointed the existing managing directors of the businesses acquired from S&N in Belgium, Finland and Portugal. Marc Roubaud, the general manager of Alken-Maes, will head up Belgian operations, while Yrjö Narhinen, the general manager of Oy Hartwall Ab, will lead Heineken in Finland. Alberto da Ponte, the managing director of Centralcer/Central de Cervejas S.A., will become MD for Portugal.