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LONDON & DENVER -- In a conference call yesterday, beer makers SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co. revealed the leadership team for MillerCoors, a
joint venture of the two companies' U.S. and Puerto Rico operations, which was recently given regulatory clearance by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Leo Kiely, current CEO of Molson Coors, will be the CEO of MillerCoors. The current CEO of Miller Brewing, Tom Long, will serve as president and chief commercial officer, the companies stated. Tim Wolf, current CFO of Molson Coors, will be the chief integration officer, while Gavin Hattersley, current senior vice president of finance at Miller, will serve as the chief financial officer.
"People make it happen and I am very excited about this new team," Kiely said in a statement. "I believe this seasoned and diverse group of leaders is the best in the American beer business. Together, we will create a
stronger, more competitive U.S. brewer, with an enhanced portfolio of brands, and the experience and passion needed to win."
Other appointments to MillerCoors will become effective upon the transaction's closing, which is expected to take place June 30, 2008. Those appointments include:
-- Tom Cardella, Eastern division president;
-- Ed McBrien, Western division president;
-- Andy England, chief marketing officer;
-- Dennis Puffer, chief operations officer;
-- Karen Ripley, chief legal officer;
-- Jeanine Wasielewski, head of information technology;
-- Cornell Boggs, chief responsibility and ethics officer;
-- Steve Woodward, chief human resources officer;
-- Chris Kozina, chief of staff; and
-- Nehl Horton, chief communications and government affairs officer
In addition, Jake Leinenkugel, president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., will report directly to Kiely. The chain accounts; craft and imports division; distributor consolidation and sales services; revenue management; strategy, mergers and acquisitions; and commercial planning will report to Tom Long, according to the companies.
"As we continue to name the next levels of leadership, we will tap into the great talent at both Miller and Coors," added Kiely. "We have already begun
planning the core elements of the integration process, including developing our corporate, sales and marketing structures so we will be able to hit the ground running on July 1."