SABMiller is making changes in its South African business

SABMiller is making changes in its South African business

SABMiller has announced two changes in roles for its senior management. 

Norman Adami, 58, currently chairman & MD of the brewer's South African Breweries division in the country, has been promoted to chairman of SABMiller Beverages South Africa, with effect from 7 January. Adami will take strategic responsibility for SABMiller's overall beverage businesses in South Africa and continue as a member of the group's executive committee, the company said today (22 October). 

Meanwhile, Mauricio Leyva Arboleda, 42, currently president of SABMiller’s Peru business, Backus, will take on the role of MD of beer for South Africa from 7 January. Arboleda will report to Adami. 

COO Alan Clark said: "Given the continuing strategic importance of our operations in South Africa, we have decided to appoint a new managing director to run the beer business, who will report to Norman and free him up to play a more strategic and influential role in the further development of our beverage businesses in South Africa, as well as our ongoing operations in Namibia" 

Other appointments, including a new Backus president, will be "announced in due course", SABMiller said. 

Last week the group revealed that first-half net sales were up, as total volumes climbed 9% year-on-year.