SABMiller entrusts Fosters Group to Ari Mervis

SABMiller entrusts Foster's Group to Ari Mervis

SABMiller has said that it will extend the responsibilities of Ari Mervis, its current MD for Asia, to include Foster's Group.

Mervis will become MD of SABMiller Asia-Pacific and will also be CEO of Foster's, from 16 December, SABMiller said today (7 December). Based in Melbourne, he will oversee SABMiller's integration of the Foster's business, which it acquired last week.

"Ari brings a wealth of experience from across the SABMiller group and knowledge of Australia having established SABMiller's joint venture there in 2006," said CEO Graham Mackay.

Meanwhile, the Peroni Nastro Azzurro brewer said that it will appoint a new MD for Asia specifically, who will report to Mervis. The MD for Asia will have a particular focus on India and Vietnam and will be based in Hong Kong, where SABMiller's Asia regional office will continue to be situated.

The current CEO of Foster's, John Pollaers, will leave the company, but will advise Mervis for the first few months of 2012, SABMiller said. Pollaers has only held the role since May, when Foster's split from its wine business, Treasury Wine Estates. Earlier this week, he was quoted in Australian newspapers as saying that he would like to continue in a CEO role, whether at Foster's or elsewhere.