SABMiller entrusts Foster's Group to Ari Mervis


SABMiller has said that it will extend the responsibilities of Ari Mervis, its current MD for Asia, to include Foster's Group.

Mervis will become MD of SABMiller Asia-Pacific and will also be CEO of Foster's, from 16 December. Based in Melbourne, he will oversee SABMiller's integration of the Foster's business, which it acquired at the end of November.

Meanwhile, the Peroni Nastro Azzurro brewer said that it will appoint a new MD for Asia specifically, who will report to Mervis. The MD for Asia will have a particular focus on India and Vietnam and will be based in Hong Kong, where SABMiller's Asia regional office will continue to be situated.

The current CEO of Foster's, John Pollaers, will leave the company, but will advise Mervis for the first few months of 2012, SABMiller said. Pollaers has only held the role since May, when Foster's split from its wine business, Treasury Wine Estates.