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The vice president of global media and sports marketing at Anheuser-Busch has announced his retirement.

Tony Ponturo, who has been with the brewer for 26 years, confirmed earlier this week that "the timing was right" to call time on his employ with A-B.

A member of the strategy committee since 2004, Ponturo has led the media and sports marketing division since being named vice president in 1990 and gained global responsibilities in 1998. He began his career at A-B in 1982 as a director of media services.

"Tony has been an invaluable resource to Anheuser-Busch and to me," said A-B's CEO, August Busch IV. "Our company has achieved a presence and position in the US and the world due directly to Tony and his team. In the early 1990s, he took a risk and brought our media operation in-house and created a world-class operation that has benefited A-B and our stakeholders."

Ponturo added: "I have had a great career at Anheuser-Busch. The timing was right to move on to the next thing and new adventures."

The announcement comes in the same week that InBev completed its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch for US$52bn.


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Anheuser-Busch InBev

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