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Friday 26 May, 2006


Company Secretary Change

26 May 2006



London and Johannesburg, 26 May 2006.  SABMiller plc (SABMiller) is pleased to
announce that John Davidson, currently a senior corporate partner at Lovells, a
leading London-based international law firm, has agreed to take up the mantle of
Company Secretary and General Counsel at SABMiller plc on the planned retirement
of the current Company Secretary, Andrew Tonkinson.  The changeover is expected
to be effective during August this year. John will join the SABMiller Executive

John has worked extensively with SABMiller for a number of years, starting in
1998 when Lovells were appointed UK legal advisers to SAB for the group
reconstruction and re-listing of the holding company in the UK, and including
notably the Miller Brewing Company and Bavaria S.A. transactions in 2002 and

Graham Mackay, Chief Executive, commented:

'I am very pleased to welcome John to SABMiller.  He brings a combination of
extensive legal experience as well as considerable knowledge of the beer
industry gained as an adviser to the Group.  He will be an excellent addition to
the management team at SABMiller and we all look forward to working with him.

'Lovells has made a significant contribution to SABMiller's progress over the
period of our association, based on the firm's client dedication, legal
knowledge, quality service and organisational capability. We hope that John's
appointment will result in us continuing to benefit from this well founded

David Harris, Lovells Managing Partner, said:

'John is a first class lawyer and has advised SABMiller over many years, during
which he has developed a very good understanding of their commercial and legal
requirements.  We look forward very much to continuing to work closely with John
in his new role.'


Notes to editors:

John Davidson biography

John Davidson is from Motherwell in Scotland, studied law at Oxford University,
and has spent his entire legal career with Lovells, becoming a partner in 1991,
and including five years in Lovells' New York office from 1990 to 1995. As a
partner, he has spent the last 15 years working mainly on international
corporate finance, cross border mergers and acquisitions and securities
transactions, as well as general corporate advisory work, and in addition to his
work for SABMiller, he has extensive experience on transactions in the insurance
industry.  He is a member of the Company Law Sub-Committee of the City of London
Law Society, and is listed as a leading corporate finance lawyer in Chambers
Guide to the UK Legal Profession.  He is also recognized as a leading lawyer in
the fields of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance by The
International Who's Who of Merger and Acquisitions Lawyers and The International
Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.  He is married, with four sons.


SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or
distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five continents. The group's
brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni
Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market
leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest
bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2006, the group reported US$2,626 million adjusted
pre-tax profit and a turnover of US$15,307 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on
the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

This announcement is available on the company website:

High resolution images are available for the media to view and download free of
charge from:


                          SABMiller plc                    Tel: +44 20 7659 0100

Sue Clark                 Director of Corporate Affairs    Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Gary Leibowitz            Senior Vice President, Investor  Tel: +44 20 7659 0174

James Crampton            Media Relations Manager          Tel: +44 20 7659 0172


Chris Hinze               Head of Public Relations         Tel: +44 20 7296 2745

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the
solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of SABMiller plc (the
'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment activity.

This document includes 'forward-looking statements'.  These statements may
contain the words 'anticipate', 'believe', 'intend', 'estimate', 'expect' and
words of similar meaning.  All statements other than statements of historical
facts included in this announcement, including, without limitation, those
regarding the Company's financial position, business strategy, plans and
objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and
objectives relating to the Company's products and services) are forward-looking
statements.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on
numerous assumptions regarding the Company's present and future business
strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future.
These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement.
  The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate
any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this
announcement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard
thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such
statement is based.

Any information contained in this announcement on the price at which the
Company's securities have been bought or sold in the past, or on the yield on
such securities, should not be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

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