A VETERAN of the brewing industry whose career was forged in Burton has been named as the top boss of a global beer giant.
Mark Hunter, who until recently was head of Molson Coors UK, based in High Street, Burton, has been named as the new chief executive and president of Molson Coors Brewing Company.
The top boss, who will take on his new responsibilities at the very top of the billion dollar firm in the new year, began life in the industry in the town at Bass Brewers in 1989 before forging a successful career which has taken him to the very top.
He said: "Molson Coors is extremely well-positioned for growth, with world-renowned brands, strong market share across key geographies, and the most talented and dedicated employees in the industry.
"I am grateful to the board for its vote of confidence and look forward to working closely with them and with our management team over the coming months to ensure a seamless transition and execute our strategy for growing brands and shareholder value."
Mr Hunter replaces Peter Swinburn as boss of the global brewer.
Peter Coors, chairman of the board, said: "We are excited that we have an executive of Mark's calibre who can seamlessly step into the role.
"Mark is a true leader and brings a deep knowledge of all aspects of our business, as well as years of exceptional brand-building and commercial beer industry expertise.
"He is also recognised throughout our organisation for his integrity and belief in the extraordinary people who make Molson Coors so successful."
The 51-year-old will move to the role from his position as chief executive of Molson Coors Europe.
From December 2007 until June 2012, he was the man in charge in Burton and he has also held the role of chief commercial officer for Molson Coors Canada.
From 1997 to 2005, he served on the board of Bass Brewers Ltd. and Coors Brewers Limited as marketing director.
During such time, Mr Hunter had accountability for the Bass Brewers brand portfolio including Carling, plus business unit strategy and export development.
From 1989 to 1997, Mr Hunter held marketing leadership roles for Bass Brewers.
Before joining Bass Brewers in 1989, he held sales positions with Hallmark Cards and Bulmers Drinks.
Mr Hunter holds a bachelor honours degree in marketing and business administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.