Interbrew UK's MD Miles Templeman will leave the company in April to be replaced by Stewart Gilliland, formerly Whitbread's sales and marketing director.

Gilliland will officially succeed Templeman as managing director on April 30th. According to Interbrew, Templeman has decided "to take on a new challenge in a different environment outside Interbrew" though the brewer will retain him as an external consultant.

"With his vision and strategy, Miles Templeman has developed Interbrew UK into a strongly performing organisation within our western European Zone. The company has been growing its market share in the take-home sector, while its position in the difficult on-trade market is stable," Hugo Powell, CEO of Interbrew said in a statement.

Gilliland has 16 years experience with Interbrew UK and has been the driving force behind the company's customer and consumer focus strategy, which has been a strong basis for growing the business.  "Under the leadership of Stewart Gilliland, Interbrew UK will continue its strategy, with even greater focus and pace," Powell said.