SABMiller has appointed Tony van Kralingen as director of human resources and supply chain.

Van Kralingen succeeds Johann Nel who will be retiring from the company in the coming months. Currently managing director and chairman of the brewer's South African unit, SAB Ltd, in his new role van Kralingen will focus on ensuring that the group maximises value through leveraging its global scale, the company said yesterday (4 August).

"We are fortunate in having a high calibre candidate like Tony to take up this challenging new position," said Graham Mackay, SABMiller's chief executive. "Tony's career began in human resources and he has extensive experience of the discipline from his subsequent functional and line management roles. He leaves SAB well positioned to meet new competitor and growth challenges."

Van Kralingen joined SAB in 1982 and has held a number of senior positions in the group including managing director of Plzensky Prazdroj, marketing director of SAB and operations director (Northern region), SAB.

Norman Adami, previously president and CEO of SABMiller Americas, will assume Van Kralingen's position of managing director and chairman at SAB in South Africa. 

The company said that Adami's personal circumstances, which led to his early retirement last year, have now been resolved in order for him to resume a senior leadership role in South Africa.

"I am delighted to welcome Norman back into the SABMiller leadership team. His experience in the US and long standing knowledge of the South African market ensure that he is well placed to lead SAB in the face of challenging market circumstances," added Mackay.

Both appointments will take effect from 1 October.