THE search is on for a new man at the top of a Burton brewing giant after its top boss was promoted for his work.
Molson Coors, based in High Street, confirmed to the Mail that its current UK and Ireland managing director Simon Cox is set to become the chief executive of Molson Coors Europe in the new year.
The 46-year-old will be replacing Mark Hunter, who will exit the role to take over the position of Molson Coors president and chief executive when current incumbent Peter Swinburn retires at the end of the year.
"I am extremely proud to be selected to lead Molson Coors Europe," said Mr Cox.
"This is an exciting business which has been growing on the strength of great brands and brilliant execution in the marketplace since the acquisition of the central European operation.
"We have a talented team of people who are second to none when it comes to competing – and winning – even in tough economic and market conditions, and I look forward to building on that success."
Mr Cox, a master brewer by training, has held a number of senior leadership positions with Carlsberg and Molson Coors since he joined the industry in 1989. He joined Molson Coors in 2005 as director of supply chain strategy, based in Burton, and developed increasing responsibility through senior positions before taking over the UK & Ireland business in 2012.
"We are fortunate to have someone with such broad experience in the industry and such extensive knowledge of our business to lead our European organisation," said Mr Swinburn, president of Molson Coors.
Mr Hunter, current president of Molson Coors Europe, said: "Simon Cox brings exceptional operations expertise and strong, proven business leadership skills to the chief executive position.
"He is both a master brewer and a top-tier commercial leader.
"Under his leadership the UK business has seen consistent strong performance improvement over the past two years, and his extensive international experience makes him especially well-suited for this pan-European role."
No decision has yet been announced on who will take on the role vacated by Mr Cox.