LONDON—Brewing giant SABMiller has named Sue Clark, former director of corporate affairs, as managing director of its European operations. She succeeds Alan Clark, who has been name chief operating officer of the group.

Sue Clark joined the group in 2003 as director of corporate affairs and as a member of the group executive committee. She was responsible for building and protecting the group's corporate reputation and for leading investor relations, media relations, corporate social responsibility, political and trade relations, issues and crisis management, brand communications, and internal communications.

In addition to her corporate affairs responsibilities, she has also served on the operating boards of a number of subsidiaries and joint ventures, including Miller Brands UK, SABMiller India and MillerCoors.

Previously, she held a number of senior executive roles in UK companies, including director of corporate affairs at Railtrack Group from 2000 to 2003 and director of corporate affairs at Scottish Power from 1996 to 2000.

According to Graham Mackay, chief executive: "Sue has a deep understanding of the SABMiller group and our culture, a proven ability to get things done in the organisation, and the right mix of skills to drive forward our European business. She has been extensively involved in the group's strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions activity, and commercial operating model… while protecting our licence to trade and developing our businesses sustainably for the benefit of all stakeholders.”