Molson Coors has appointed a new chief legal officer. Samuel D. Walker, 46, will assume the position with immediate effect, the company said yesterday (4 April). Walker was previously US general counsel and group vice president for public affairs with Coors.

In his new role, Walker is responsible for all the corporation's legal matters, while continuing to oversee communications, government relations, corporate social responsibility, and water and natural resources within Molson Coors' US business unit. Walker will also oversee the corporate secretary and will work closely with the new Molson Coors board in realising its first year agenda.

"I am pleased we have the talent within our organisation to fill this important position quickly," said Leo Kiely, chief executive officer of Molson Coors. "Sam's depth of experience, knowledge of our industry, and commitment to our company and its values make him the ideal choice. Sam has also distinguished himself as a key strategist on legal and public affairs matters during his tenure with the company."