07 May 2008
07 May 2008
SABMiller plc announces two new non-executive directors
SABMiller plc is pleased to announce that Ms Maria Ramos and Mr Rob Pieterse
have agreed to join the SABMiller board as independent non-executive directors.
Ms Ramos, age 49, has a notable track record in both the political and business
worlds. She is currently Group Chief Executive of Transnet Limited, South Africa
's largest transport, infrastructure and logistics firm, which controls the
country's rail and port operations. Her achievements have included divesting
non-core assets, including South African Airways, embarking on a major capital
expenditure program, and improving customer service.
She is a non-executive director of the South African financial services company,
Sanlam Limited, and of the South African investment holding company, Remgro
Limited. She is also a Member of the Chief Economist Advisory Council of the
Previously she was Director-General of the South African National Treasury
between 1996 and 2003, and formerly an economist in the African National
Congress Department of Economic Planning.
During her career, Ms Ramos has won a multitude of accolades, including being
named as South Africa's Businesswoman of the year in 2001, and Sunday Times
Business Leader of the Year 2005. She is placed 14th by Fortune Magazine in
their World's Most Powerful Women in Business ratings in 2007.
Mr Pieterse, age 65, is currently chairman of the supervisory boards of
Mercurius Groep B.V., the specialist printing, publishing and communications
group and of Royal Grolsch N.V., which became a subsidiary of SABMiller on 12
In addition, he is a member of the supervisory boards of Essent N.V., CSM N.V.
and a former member of the supervisory board of Connexxion Holding N.V. He is a
non-executive director of Mecom Group plc and was a member of the supervisory
board of Koninklijke Wegener N.V. prior to its acquisition by Mecom.
Mr Pieterse serves on the boards of VEUO, the association of Dutch listed
companies, and of EuropeanIssuers (formerly known as EALIC, the European
Association of Listed Companies). Mr Pieterse spent 25 years at the
multi-national information services company, Wolters Kluwer N.V., where he was
Chairman from 2000 until 2003.
Mr Meyer Kahn, Chairman of SABMiller plc, commented:
'I am delighted to welcome to our board two such distinguished and
internationally acclaimed individuals. Their vast experience will be of immense
value to SABMiller and these appointments enhance the independence and balance
of the board whilst continuing the process of progressive renewal.'
Ms Ramos and Mr Pieterse will join the board of SABMiller plc on 15 May 2008.
Notes to editors:
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or
distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group's
brands include premium international beers such as Grolsch, 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 2007, the group reported US$3,154 million in adjusted
pre-tax profit and revenue of $18,620 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the
London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
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