SABMiller parachutes Poland MD into Miller Brands business

SABMiller parachutes Poland MD into Miller Brands business

SABMiller has said that its current MD for Kompania Piwowarska in Poland, Gary Haigh, will move to take the reins at Miller Brands in the UK.

Haigh, who has spent two years with SABMiller's Polish subsidiary, will become the new MD of Miller Brands in mid-September, the Peroni Nastro Azzurro brewer said today (24 August). Haigh replaces Nick Miller, who resigned in June to take up the post of CEO at London-based Meantime Brewing Company.

In Poland, Haigh will be replaced by Rob Priday, who is the current president of SABMiller's business in Peru, Backus. Priday will arrive at Kompania Piwowarska, which is Poland's leading brewer, in October.

Haigh will take the reins in the UK as Miller Brands continues to outperform a national beer market that has been shrinking for much of the last decade. In SABMiller's last fiscal year, to the end of March, Miller Brands reported volume sales up by 23% on the previous year. The rise came off a low base, but it demonstrates consumers' continuing thirst for high-end lager in the country.