Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. has announced changes in its corporation's management. Stephen K. Lambright, 61, group vice president and chief legal officer, and Donald W. Kloth, 62, vice president and group executive, have announced their retirements.

Lambright has been with the company for 27 years, leading its legal and industry and government affairs divisions. Kloth has spent 34 years with AB and has been responsible for its procurement, agricultural and transportation operations.

Lambright will retire on 30 November and will continue to consult with the company on legal and government affairs matters. Kloth will retire on 1 July.

Succeeding Lambright as group vice president and chief legal officer will be Mark T. Bobak, 44, who has served as vice president of corporate human resources for four years. Bobak will retain his current responsibilities for labour relations and labour/benefits law as he assumes his new legal and industry and government affairs responsibilities. He will remain on the company's strategy committee and will continue to report to Patrick T. Stokes, chief executive officer of AB.

Bobak led negotiations for the company's most recent five-year contracts with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and craft unions.

"Reaching these agreements reflect Mark's strong leadership of the negotiating efforts," said Stokes. "His leadership experience will be important as our industry continues to face unjust challenges in the legal and regulatory arenas."

Prior to his current position, Bobak served as vice president and deputy general counsel for AB for four years. He joined the company in 1992.

Joseph P. Castellano, 51, will replace Bobak as vice president of corporate human resources and will join the company's strategy committee. Castellano has served as vice president of retail marketing for AB and during his 21-year career with the company has held many leadership roles, including vice president of wholesale operations, vice president of consumer awareness and education and other roles in corporate marketing and sports marketing. Castellano will report to Stokes.

"Joe is a superior performer with wide-ranging experience throughout the corporation," said Stokes. "His insights will be valuable in leading our human resources division into the future."

Succeeding Kloth will be James F. Hoffmeister, 59, who has been named group vice president of procurement, logistics and agricultural resources. Hoffmeister will join the company's strategy committee.

The company will consolidate Kloth's former responsibilities with the company's distribution and logistics group to form a new division that Hoffmeister will lead. Hoffmeister will report to August A. Busch IV, president of Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Hoffmeister has served as vice president of administration and special services for Anheuser-Busch Inc. since 1990. During his 37-year AB career, Hoffmeister has held numerous positions involving financial planning, capital projects, wholesaler relations and various other responsibilities.

"Jim has been an important member of the Anheuser-Busch Inc. management team and has been critical in shaping the strategies that have led to our current 50% share of the US beer industry," said Busch. "We will continue to benefit from his experience and leadership in his new role."

Bobak, Castellano and Hoffmeister assume their new roles on 1 July.