RNS Number : 8139B
23 April 2012


23 April 2012


SABMiller plc - Directorate Change



SABMiller announces today that Rob Pieterse, who has been an independent non-executive director since 2008, will be retiring from the board with effect from the date of this year's annual general meeting on 26 July 2012.


Rob Pieterse was appointed as an independent non-executive director of SABMiller plc in May 2008, following the acquisition of Royal Grolsch N.V., and has since served with distinction both as a member of the board and of the Corporate Accountability and Risk Assurance Committee.  Rob has expressed his desire to reduce his external commitments, and hence by mutual agreement he will stand down from the board and not offer himself for re-election at the annual general meeting in July 2012.  Rob will however continue to be associated with the Group in his capacity as Chairman of the supervisory board of Royal Grolsch N.V. in the Netherlands.


Commenting on Rob Pieterse's retirement, SABMiller's chairman, Meyer Kahn, said:


"Rob has been a diligent director and it saddens me to have to accept his decision to retire from the Board and not to stand for re-election for another year.  I have the highest personal regard for Rob, and we were fortunate indeed to persuade him to join our board following the Grolsch acquisition in 2008.  It has been an honour to serve with him these past four years, and I am very pleased that the group will at least continue to have the benefit of his wisdom on Grolsch's supervisory board."




John Davidson

General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

SABMiller plc






Notes to Editors


Rob Pieterse (69)


Rob Pieterse joined the board in 2008. He is chairman of the supervisory boards of Mercurius Groep B.V., and Royal Grolsch N.V. and is a member of the supervisory board of CSM N.V.  He spent 25 years at the multinational information services company, Wolters Kluwer N.V., where he was Chief Executive from 2000 until 2003. He was a Non-Executive Director of Mecom Group plc between 2007 and 2009 and has previously been a member of the supervisory boards of Connexxion Holding N.V., Essent N.V and Koninlijke Wegener N.V. From 1999 to 2011, he served on the board of VEUO, the association of Dutch listed companies, and until April 2011, he served on the board of EuropeanIssuers.


Overview of SABMiller


SABMiller is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio includes global brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow, Tyskie, and Victoria Bitter. SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.


In the year ended 31 March 2011, the group reported US$5,617 million adjusted EBITDA and group revenue of US$28,311 million. SABMiller is listed on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.




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SABMiller plc

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Director of Corporate Affairs

Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

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Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

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Head of Global Communications

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