InBev is losing its second president of its UK & Ireland division in as many years.

The company confirmed yesterday (18 February) that Richard Evans is to leave the company with immediate effect, to be replaced by Stuart MacFarlane. Evans joined InBev in 1994 and held global posts including vice president of commercial strategy and vice president of brands. He became president of InBev UK & Ireland in May 2006, replacing Colin Pendrick, who had been appointed to the position in August 2005.

Specific reasons for Evans' departure were not disclosed.

MacFarlane, meanwhile, has been with InBev for 16 years, and will move from his latest role as global director of customer standards to assume the UK & Ireland leadership.

He described himself as "delighted" at the move, which took effect yesterday. "I would like to pay tribute to the significant contribution that Richard has made to the business during his 14 years of service and recognise his achievements and the work that he has put into InBev. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Richard all the best for the future."

Evans added: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with InBev. However the time is right for me to move on and seek new challenges."

When contacted by just-drinks today, a spokesperson for InBev UK & Ireland declined to give further details on the change. "Richard Evans has left the company by mutual consent in order to seek new challenges," the spokesperson said.