Miller Brands UK - the marketing and distribution business of SABMiller plc for the UK - today announced the appointment of Nick Miller as sales director.

Launched in July 2005, Miller Brands UK went live this month. The company's portfolio is composed of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Castle and Miller Genuine Draft.

The company has placed an initial investment of GBP30m (US$52m) over the next two years.

In a statement, Nick Miller said: "Miller Brands is a fantastic opportunity in sales to focus uniquely on the premium sector of the market. I'm thrilled to be part of the Miller Brands team, dedicated to delivering an excellent service to our customers, backed up with dynamic and innovative marketing campaigns for our brands.  I look forward to being a part of Miller Brands, adding real value and excitement to the beer category. "

Physical distribution commenced in October 2005 when the company took over responsibility for Pilsner Urquell, Castle Lager and Peroni Nastro Azzurro (on-trade), importing directly from Italy, Czech Republic and South Africa.  Miller Genuine Draft will follow in January 2006.  The company is based at SABMiller House in Woking.