Lion Nathan has appointed Julian Davidson to run its New Zealand beer business according to Dow Jones.

According to the report, Davidson, who has been with the firm for 10 years has been managing director of Tooheys beer brand for the last two and a half years.

He will replace Roger North on January 1st.

North will become managing director of Lion Nathan's business development division, overseeing the company's hotel chain in Australia's Victoria state, its Liquor King and New Zealand Wines and Spirits in New Zealand.