Foster's has appointed a new managing director for Carlton and United Breweries (CUB). The drinks company announced today that John Murphy will assume the role at its Australian-based multi-beverage business.

Murphy brings to the role more than 24 years experience in the Australian alcohol beverage industry. He began his career with CUB in Queensland. Since that time, Murphy has progressed through a wide variety of management and leadership roles across finance, administration, operations, procurement and sales and marketing. Most recently, Murphy was vice president of marketing and ales for CUB.

In a statement, Foster's president and CEO Trevor O'Hoy said: "I am very pleased to welcome John to the role of Managing Director of CUB. His broad commercial experience, intimate understanding of the Australian beverage sector and strong customer and industry relationships make him an outstanding candidate for the role.

"John's appointment reflects the continuation of CUB's strategy, including the strong focus on margins; core brands, particularly in the premium segment; innovation; and maximising operational efficiencies and returns from existing operations," O'Hoy said.

Commenting on his appointment, Murphy, said: "It is a great honour to be appointed to lead CUB. CUB is one of Australia's most successful businesses. Our portfolio of brands, our people, customers, suppliers and partners are a very powerful combination.

"My focus will be to build on CUB's current momentum, including realising the benefits flowing from the operational review, brand building and innovation," he added.