SABMiller has named the man to head its Russian operations.

The global brewer announced today (7 September) that James Wilson will assume the position at its TransMark and Kaluga Brewing Company subsidiaries.

Wilson replaces Ari Mervis who will manage Pacific Beverages, the recently-announced joint venture between SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil in Australia.

Prior to this new role, Wilson served as senior vice-president for market development and strategy for Miller Brewing in the US, and as director of strategic projects for the group based in London.

Wilson joined SABMiller from Scottish & Newcastle early last year, where he had held various senior international strategy positions. Wilson joined S&N in 2001 from Rémy Cointreau.

"James brings a wealth of senior management experience to Russia from his long history within the beverage industry," said Alan Clark, managing director of SABMiller Europe. "This, coupled with his extensive financial background will help our operations in Russia continue to outperform the market by driving value and volume growth."

SABMiller has seen its business in Russia perform strongly of late, with volumes in the year to 31 March rising by 14%.