SABMiller has announced the appointment of Maria Ramos and Rob Pieterse to the company board as independent non-executive directors.

Ramos, currently group chief executive of Transnet, has a "notable" track record in the political and business world, the brewer said yesterday (6 May). She is a non-executive director of South African financial services company Sanlam and of the South African investment holding company Remgro.

Pieterse, currently chairman of the supervisory boards of Mercurius Groep, a subsidiary of SABMiller, is also a member of the supervisory boards of Essent and CSM.

He spent 25 years at the multi-national information services company, Wolters Kluwer, where he was chairman from 2000 until 2003.

"I am delighted to welcome to our board two such distinguished and internationally acclaimed individuals," said Meyer Kahn, chairman of SABMiller. "Their vast experience will be of immense value to SABMiller and these appointments enhance the independence and balance of the board whilst continuing the process of progressive renewal."

Ramos and Pieterse will join the board of SABMiller on 15 May.