August 4, 2008

Adami Returning to SABMiller

By Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Aug. 4--Former Miller Brewing Co. President Norman Adami, who retired from SABMiller Plc, Miller's corporate parent, last fall, is returning to SABMiller to assume the position of managing director and chairman of its South African operations, it was announced today.

Adami, 53, joined the company, then known as South African Breweries, in 1979 and has held a number of executive positions. He was head of the company's South African operations before being appointed in 2003 as president and chief executive officer of Miller Brewing, which South African Breweries bought in 2002, leading to the creation of SABMiller.

During Adami's tenure at Miller, the company pulled out of a long-term sales decline. Most of that was tied to a turnaround for Miller Lite, the company's largest brand. In 2006, Adami was was appointed president and CEO of SABMiller Americas, where he oversaw Miller Brewing as well as SABMiller's operations in Latin America. He retired in November, citing a desire to return to South Africa because of what were described in a company statement as "compelling family circumstances."

"The personal circumstances that led to Norman's early retirement have now been resolved to the extent that he is able to resume a senior leadership role in South Africa," SABMiller said.


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