SABMiller has confirmed the appointment of a new president for its Colombian unit, Bavaria.

The brewer said late yesterday (24 January) that Karl Lippert, the managing director of its Polish operations, would replace Ricardo Obregón on 13 February.

Obregón announced his intention to step down last month. He will leave the company next Tuesday (31 January).

Lippert, who joined South African Breweries in 1992, has been managing director of Kompania Piwowarska in Poland since 2003. Prior to that he was managing director of Dreher in Hungary and sales & distribution director for SABMiller Europe, based in Budapest.

Lippert will report to SABMiller's Latin America president, Barry Smith.

"Karl brings a wealth of experience in product development, brand and trade marketing to Bavaria, and has built a first class team in Poland to rival any company in the world," Smith said.

Lippert added: "Bavaria has a phenomenal track record and reputation, which I and my colleagues from SABMiller intend to continue and build on in future."

SABMiller acquired Bavaria in July last year. The Colombian brewer is the second largest brewer in South America.