The UK's Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has poached CAMRA's chief executive to be its managing director.

Mike Benner, who has been with the consumer group for ten years, will take up the newly-created role on 16 June. SIBA, which has 723 brewer members, said its current chief executive, Julian Grocock, had chosen not to apply for the role.

Grocock will remain in his role until Benner joins the group, but a SIBA spokesperson declined to comment on whether he will remain with the organisation.

Benner's appointment follows a strategic review, which means the group's management and commerical arms are merging.  

Earlier this month, SIBA appointed Guy Sheppard as its new chairman, following the structural review. 

Nick Stafford, SIBA's commerical diretor, will continue in his role under Benner, the group said. 

“I am very excited to join SIBA at a time when there is such enornmous opportunity for independent brewers," said Benner. "I look forward to working towards its vision to build the future of British beer.” 

A CAMRA spokesperson told just-drinks that the organisation is “in the process” of finding a replacement chief executive, but gave no timeframe of when a successor may be appointed.