SABMILLER has revealed that the brewing company’s executive chairman Graham Mackay has had surgery for a brain tumour.
The firm yesterday said that it had brought forward chief operating officer Alan Clark’s succession following the diagnosis.
Clark had been due to take over as chief executive in July, with South African Mackay remaining chairman, but he has now taken over with immediate effect. SABMiller said that Mackay, 63, had undergone surgery on Monday and will now start a course of treatment.
“The group is in excellent hands, and Alan will now simply pick up the remaining executive responsibilities a little sooner than expected,” Mackay said in a note to employees. “I obviously have an additional personal objective, and that is to get well as quickly as possible for the sake of my wife and children.” Deputy chairman John Manser will step up in the meantime.
SABMiller appointed Clark last year with a view to taking over in the summer.