Head of SABMiller dies after illness

2013-12-18 13:59

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Graham Mackay, the executive who built SABMiller into the world’s second-biggest beermaker, has died. He was 64.

Mackay passed away this morning with his family at his side, the company said today in a statement.

The South African stepped down as chief executive officer following surgery for a brain tumour on April 22. He resumed his role as non-executive chairman on September 5 before stepping back again last month.

Widely regarded by investors as a measured, cerebral and “forward-thinking” company leader, Mackay held several senior positions in the group, including executive chairperson. He oversaw a period of growth and expansion in the US, Eastern Europe, China and South America.

John Manser, who was appointed chairman today, said in the statement: “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.”

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