SABMiller has appointed a former Procter & Gamble executive to head its marketing division in Europe.

The brewing giant today (28 September) named Chris Ritchie as marketing director of SABMiller. Ritchie, who takes up the role, based in Budapest, on 1 October, spent 11 years at P&G where he was most recently global marketing director for the Olay brand.

Alan Clark, managing director for SABMiller Europe, said: "Brands are the key to our success. Chris' broad knowledge and experience in marketing products in Europe's increasingly competitive market will support SABMiller as we strive to build our brand portfolios effectively and responsibly."

Ritchie added that he was "very excited" to be joining SABMiller. Ritchie will focus on building the brewer's local premium brands across its European markets including Polish brand Tyskie.