Chief Executive officer
Paolo started his career in ExxonMobil in 1987, working in increasingly senior Commercial and Country leadership roles in the UK, France, across Africa, India and Italy for 18 years. He joined SABMiller in 2005 as Strategic Planning Director of Birra Peroni in Italy and led several SABMiller businesses in different regions as Managing Director (Slovakia, India and the Czech Republic). Through the transition from SABMiller, through ABInbev and into Asahi, he was charged with leading the business in Central Europe. Paolo has been the CEO of ABE Group since April 2017, responsible for five production markets in Central Europe, as well as two export business in Europe and Asia Pacific.
Grant started his career in 1997 in MARS, and over the following 8 years, he worked in a number of European roles. In 2005, Grant joined SABMiller in Hungary, and then worked in progressively more complex Marketing Director roles in Spain and Romania, before he became Marketing Director for Plzensky Prazdroj in 2012. He took on additional responsibilities for Slovakia and company strategy in 2014. In 2017, Grant became Marketing Director of ABE Group, and is responsible for marketing strategy in five CEE countries, as well as for international expansion of our brands.
Catherine started her career in Thames Water in 1995, moving to Cadbury in 1999, where she worked in various senior HR roles in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2012, she joined SABMiller as a Regional Head of OD Europe at SABMiller Europe Hub in Switzerland. She has worked on a number of key European projects, such as the development of our European Strategic Priorities and functionalization of IS and Procurement across Europe. Catherine was also instrumental in the successful integration of the Czech and Slovak businesses. In 2017, Catherine became HR director of ABE Group.
Corporate affairs director
Drahomíra started her career working for the banking sector in Slovakia. In 2000, she joined Plzensky Prazdroj in Slovakia, and worked in a variety of Corporate Affairs roles, before becoming Corporate Affairs Director in the Czech Republic in 2010. She played a key role in the integration of the Czech and Slovak businesses and contributed to strengthening a positive reputation of Prazdroj as the most responsible company in the Czech Republic. She was also seconded to SABMiller in India to support them with their long-term CA strategy. Drahomíra has been Corporate Affairs Director of ABE Group since 2017.
Supply chain director
Charles started his career in Cervejarias Kaiser Brasil in 1986, working in various positions for the next 20 years. In 2006, he joined SABMiller as SVP Technical in Latin America. He led the implementation of the SABMiller technical standards, the World Class Manufacturing practices, and performance and technical strategy for 17 breweries and 4 malting plants in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, and Honduras. He was instrumental in the integration with Molson Breweries, Coors Breweries and FEMSA. In 2017, Charles joined ABE Group as Supply Chain Director.
Niël started his career in 1986, working for Eskom Holding in various Electrical Engineering, Procurement, Commercial and Strategic Sourcing roles around South Africa for 24 years. In 2010, he joined SABMiller as Global Business Process Lead in the GIS organisation. He held a variety of positions on all the Global Template deployments across the SABMiller markets, such as South Africa, Europe, Latin America and Australia. Niël was instrumental in the successful industrialisation of the global template deployment and methodology. Since 2017, Niël has been IS director of ABE Group.
Chief financial officer
Andrew started his career in 1990, working for the New Zealand Department of Inland Revenue as an Investigating Accountant, then joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1995, working in progressively more senior tax roles in the New Zealand & UK practices. In 2002, he moved to Sony Corporation in the role of European Tax Director, then joining SABMiller as European Tax Manager in 2005. He quickly progressed to leading SABMiller’s finance functions as the Finance Director for Russia (2008), Czech Republic & Slovakia (2012) and Poland (2015). Through the transition from SABMiller, through ABInbev and into Asahi, he was charged with leading the finance function as the CFO of Central Europe. In April 2017, Andrew became Chief Finance Officer of ABE Group.