SABMiller has created two new group marketing positions, focusing on its international beer brands.

The London-based brewer said today (11 September) that Chris Taylor, formerly international brand director for Peroni Nastro Azzuro, will move to fill the new role of group international brands director. At the same time, Pam Powell, the former international business development director, will assume the new position of group marketing strategy and innovation director.

Taylor will be responsible for the brewer's international brands - Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch - with the four international brand directors reporting into him. Prior to working on Peroni, Taylor was marketing director for SABMiller Europe, based in Budapest.

Powell, meanwhile, will be responsible for the elements of SABMiller's strategic agenda relating to top-line value growth. Her role reflects "the growing importance of innovation to the development of full and differentiated portfolios and the need to coordinate innovation with the broader commercial strategy", SABMiller said.

Group marketing director Nick Fell said: "The appointment of Chris to this newly-created role will ensure closer coordination across our international brands in the global marketplace and more effective sharing of best practice and systems. With the recent acquisition of Grolsch, our international portfolio is ideally positioned to increase SABMiller's market share in the fastest growing segment of the global beer market."