SABMiller has named the man to head its Polish brewing subsidiary, Kompania Piwowarska.

Mark Bowman is to replace Karl Lippert who last month was appointed president of Bavaria, SABMiller's Colombian business.

Bowman joins Kompania Piwowarska from Amalgamated Beverage Industries, SABMiller's South African soft drinks arm, where he was managing director and chairman of Appletiser. ABI also holds the Coca-Cola franchise in South Africa.

Alan Clark, managing director for SABMiller Europe, said today (9 March): "After successfully running one of the world's largest Coke bottling companies, Mark brings a breadth of experience and knowledge that will help Kompania Piwowarska to continue to outperform the Polish market and drive sustainable growth throughout the business."

Kompania Piwowarska is SABMiller's largest business in Europe with a 37% share of the Polish beer market.

Bowman said: "I look forward to the opportunity and challenges of helping to build upon what is already an extraordinary business at Kompania Piwowarska."