ST. LOUIS, MO (Nov. 13, 2017) – Today, we are pleased to share the news of several new appointments to our North American leadership team.
Brendan Whitworth has been appointed as VP of Sales. Brendan is a recognized commercial leader who brings a deep understanding of US consumers and a proven ability to drive topline growth. He has most recently been leading our trade marketing, category and sales technology efforts in the US. Previously, Brendan led our Northeast Region and drove share growth on top brands and in key channels. Brendan initially joined our global team after a five-year career at PepsiCo. He also spent eight years serving our country in the US Marine Corps and Central Intelligence Agency.
Bob Tallett will continue as our VP of Business and Wholesaler
Development and will now report directly to Michel Doukeris. Elevating
Bob’s role continues A-B’s focus on strengthening our partnership with
our wholesaler network. A 40-year veteran of Anheuser-Busch, he has
incredible insight into the US market and there isn’t a more dedicated
or respected “Bud Man” than Bob. A great leader and team builder, Bob
has been instrumental in developing our Win Together platform with our
Agostino De Gasperis has been appointed our VP of People (Human
Resources). Ago has been with us for 15 years, most recently as our VP
of People in Canada. Under his leadership, Labatt has been recognized
as one of Canada’s top employers for five consecutive years. Our
current VP of People, Sandro Bassili, is taking on a new role
within our global innovation platform, ZX Ventures. Sandro transformed
our North American People organization, where he led the creation of
our New York Commercial Strategy Office, launched major Diversity and
Inclusion initiatives, and increased employee engagement scores.
Fued Sadala, our current VP of Logistics and Procurement, will
become fully dedicated to Logistics going forward as VP of Logistics.
Fued, who has been with us for 22 years, has been instrumental in
driving procurement transformation across our global business,
including the creation of our Global Procurement Office in Leuven, to
deliver significant value. He previously led our technology team in
North America, adding North American services into our Global
Capability Center. Fued began leading Logistics earlier this
Ingrid De Ryck has been appointed VP of Procurement and
Sustainability. Her appointment as our senior leader focused on
sustainability underscores our dedication to sustainability in all
areas of our business. Ingrid has been with us for 16 years, most
recently leading packaging procurement for the North American Zone.
During this time, Ingrid has been responsible for the development of
strategic sourcing within the Zone. Prior to this role, she was part
of our Global Procurement Office, centralizing secondary packaging
categories and re-designing global supply markets.
After 13 years with our company, our current VP of Sales, Alex Medicis, has made the personal decision to step down and pursue other interests. He started with us in our Latin America North Zone. Starting in mergers and acquisitions, he quickly rose up the ranks, leading our business unit in the Caribbean and Central America and overseeing sales in Brazil with strong results. We wish Alex all the best for the future.
“Our success starts with listening to our consumers and working with our partners. I am pleased to recognize these great leaders who bring important experiences and insights to our leadership team. This team will deliver on our commitment to American brewing, embrace innovation across our portfolio, and always deliver the best beer to our consumers. Working together, we will begin the next chapter for our company,” said Michel Doukeris, incoming Zone President North America and CEO of Anheuser-Busch.
The transition into these new roles will start immediately and will be effective as of January 1, 2018.
We congratulate Ago, Sandro, Fued, Ingrid, Brendan and Bob on their new appointments and look forward to them continuing their incredible careers with our company.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class
brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most popular
beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from
Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the
same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down
through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees.
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22 agricultural and packaging facilities, employing more than 18,000
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