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SABMiller has announced that its chairman and former CEO, Graham Mackay, has died. 


Mackay, who was 64, underwent sugery for a brain tumour in April this year, but returned to the chairman's role in September after initially recovering. However, he suffered a relapse last month and stepped down from the role again. 

At the time of Mackay's original diagnosis Alan Clark was fast-tracked into the CEO role, bringing forward a planned succession

In a statement today (18 December), SABMiller said Mackay “died peacefully this morning, with his family at his side".

John Manser, who has replaced Mackay as chairman with immediate effect, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Graham’s wife and family. Graham was one of the most inspirational and successful leaders in international business by any measure.

"Everyone in the SABMiller family has been blessed by his vision, his loyalty, and his friendship during his 35 years with the group. He will be deeply missed.” 

A permanent chairman to replace Manser will be appointed at a later date, SABMiller said, while Guy Elliott has been appointed as a senior director. 

Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: SABMiller

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