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SABMiller Chairman Graham Mackay Dies Following Illness

SABMiller Chairman Graham Mackay Dies Following Illness
December 19
09:56 2013

SABMiller has sadly announced that chairman Graham Mackay died peacefully on December 18th, with his family at his side. The board has appointed acting chairman John Manser as chairman with immediate effect, and has appointed Guy Elliott as senior independent director in succession to John Manser.

On behalf of the board of SABMiller, John Manser says: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Graham’s wife and family. Graham was one of the most inspirational and successful leaders in international business by any measure. Everyone in the SABMiller family has been blessed by his vision, his loyalty, and his friendship during his 35 years with the group. He will be deeply missed. The board has every confidence that under Alan Clark’s leadership, we will continue to build on Graham’s legacy, and fulfil his vision to make SABMiller the most admired company in the global beer industry.”

E. A. Graham Mackay- 1949 – 2013

Graham Mackay spent his life creating one of the world’s most admired businesses, SABMiller plc.

Born on 26 July, 1949, Graham was brought up in Swaziland, Natal and Rhodesia (nowZimbabwe).  He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1972 with a BSc in Engineering and gained a Bcom from the University of South Africa in 1977.

Graham joined the South African Breweries Limited in 1978 and quickly ascended through the business, holding a number of senior positions in the group including his appointment as Executive Chairman of the beer business in South Africa in 1992.

He was appointed Group Managing Director in 1997 and Chief Executive of South African Breweries plc upon its listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1999. In July 2012 he was appointed Executive Chairman of SABMiller plc, becoming non-executive Chairman in April 2013.

Graham led SABMiller’s rapid global expansion and was instrumental in several path-breaking initiatives including the acquisition of Miller Brewing Company in the USA, 2002, and subsequent re-naming of the business as SABMiller plc; the acquisition of Bavaria in Latin America, 2005; formation of the MillerCoors joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors in the USA, 2008; and the acquisition of Foster’s in Australia, 2011.

Under his leadership SABMiller made rapid inroads across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The business also successfully integrated beer and soft drinks operations in many parts of the world through bottling contracts with The Coca Cola Company as well as its own proprietary brands.

In addition to his responsibilities at SABMiller, Graham held a number of external directorships, including positions on the Boards of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, where he was latterly Senior Independent Non-executive Director, and Philip Morris International Inc.

Outside his busy work life, Graham enjoyed squash, music and literature. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2013 and after a brave battle against the disease he passed away peacefully on 18 December, 2013, in Hampshire.  Graham is survived by his wife and six sons.

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