Brau Union Hungaria has appointed a new board chairman. The company said yesterday that Alle Ypma will replace Edmund Ranftl, who resigned on Wednesday (15 September).

Ypma's mandate as chairman will continue until 30 June, 2008, the brewer said.

In 2003, Heineken gained control of Brau Union Hungaria, after the group's merger with Austria's Brau Union AG, which held 85.3% of the shares of Brau Union Hungaria and 93.2% of the voting rights. At present, Amstel, also a member of the Heineken group, has a stake of 93.2% in the Hungarian brewery.

Brau Union said earlier that it forecasts 2004 revenue to break US$221.3m.