Brendan Whitworth Tapped for Anheuser-Busch CEO Position

Former U.S. chief sales officer to succeed Michel Doukeris
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LEUVEN, Belgium — Anheuser-Busch InBev selected Brendan Whitworth to be zone president of North America and CEO of Anheuser-Busch, effective July 1.

Previously, he was the company’s U.S. chief sales officer and has held various commercial leadership positions in the United States for the last eight years. Whitworth succeeds Michel Doukeris, who is transitioning into the role of global CEO of AB InBev.

“Over the last four years, Brendan has helped to shape and drive our 10-year commercial strategy. His market insights, consumer-first mindset and strong leadership have been invaluable assets on our journey to lead industry growth,” Doukeris said. “With his deep roots in the U.S., his experience partnering with our wholesaler and retail customers and his ability to inspire the North America team, I am confident Brendan is the right leader to accelerate our momentum in the U.S. and Canada.”

Whitworth’s accomplishments as U.S. chief sales officer include improving the U.S. top-line revenue trend by 2.8 percentage points from 2017 to 2020 and strengthening relationships with wholesalers and retail business partners, Leuven, Belgium-based AB InBev said.

The brewer is known for its beer brands including Beck’s, Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona Extra and Modelo.

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