SABMiller has confirmed a change of managing director at its Miller Brands unit in the UK.

Sales director Nick Miller will replace Gary Whitlie in the position from 1 October, the company said today (19 August). The announcement follows Whitlie's appointment as managing director of SABMiller's Hungarian business, Dreher Breweries.

Miller joined the company in 2005 and has over 20 years of industry experience in sales, strategic projects and marketing with global brewer Coors and Bass.

"I am delighted to accept the responsibility of leading the next chapter of success for Miller Brands," said Miller. "I am personally sad to see Gary go and I wish him every success in Hungary."

Whitlie added: "It is with great sadness that I am leaving Miller Brands UK. It was a very difficult decision to leave and I will miss working and living in the UK. I am, however, confident that Miller Brands has been left in excellent hands. I am at the same time delighted to accept the post in Hungary and look forward to working with my new colleagues at Dreher."