Anheuser-Busch has announced changes in four key management positions.

Two new executives, Thomas Santel and Stephen Burrows, will be tasked with expanding the company's global presence and growing international sales. Joseph Castellano, meanwhile will head up the company's information technology and systems and John Farrell will direct corporate human resources.

Santel, who has served as vice president of the company's corporate planning for the past 11 years, has been named as president and CEO of Anheuser-Busch International. He was previously a member of the board of the Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo and has managed A-B's import business into Mexico for the Budweiser and Bud Light brands.

In his new role, Santel will assume overall responsibilities for the UK Europe, South America and Asia operations, in addition to his current international responsibilities for Mexico. Burrows will be responsible for the company's expansion and long-term growth in China through its Budweiser and Harbin businesses and its investment in the Chinese brewery, Tsingtao.

Burrows, who has been with A-B for 28 years and serves on the company's strategy committee, serves on the boards of Anheuser-Busch International, Tsingtao Brewery, Harbin Brewery Group and Crown Beers India.

Anheuser-Busch president and CEO, August A. Busch IV, said: "Tom's guidance will continue to drive our international growth, which is critical to our overall success. Steve has deep experience in the complex and fast-changing Chinese beer industry, and has led A-B's success in what has become the largest beer market in the world."

The company has also announced changes in technology and human resources positions with the appointment of Joseph Castellano as vice president and chief information officer, with responsibility for the company's information technology and systems.

Busch added: "Over the past 24 years, Joe has served the company in roles ranging from human resources and retail marketing to wholesaler operations. His diverse background and experience in so many areas of our business enable him to bring a unique perspective of the evolving technology needs of our organisation."

John Farrell will replace Castellano as vice president, corporate human resources. Farrell joins A-B's strategy committee and will direct human resource strategy, staffing, training, development, compensation, benefits and security for the company. Prior to his current role, Farrell spent 11 years as vice president of employee benefits.

Last week, the US-based brewer reported a 3.7% year-on-year lift in Q1 net income, which hit US$518m. Net sales for the three-month period edged up 2.7%, reaching $3.8bn.