SABMiller ditches new supply chain role following AB InBev merger

16 November 2015

SABMiller has scrapped plans to create a separate supply chain role in light of its merger with AB InBev.

Earlier this year the global brewing firm announced it would create two new positions: group director of integrated supply and group director of human resources following the intended departure of Tony van Kralingen, whose role as director of integrated supply and HR would be split into two.

Johann Nel started his role as group director of HR on 14 September and Philip Hodges had been due to step into the integrated supply role on 1 December.

However, Hodges has since mutually agreed not to take up the new position, SABMiller said in a statement.

The brewer also confirmed that Van Kralingen had postponed his retirement and will continue as group director, integrated supply, as well as remain on the group’s executive committee.

Last week AB InBev reached an agreement to acquire SABMiller for £71 billion, after the board of the smaller company accepted an offer worth £44 a share.

The deal – believed to be one of the largest in corporate history – will create the biggest global brewer with a combined share of a third of the world’s beer market and bring together some of the globe’s biggest premier lager brands including Peroni, Pilsner and Grolsch, Stella, Budweiser and Corona.

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