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Mallya rejigs top UB management, elevates old guard

business Updated: Oct 03, 2007 22:41 IST
Lalatendu Mishra
Lalatendu Mishra
Hindustan Times
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Liquor baron Vijay Mallya is building a new top management cadre at United Breweries (UB), which has grown in size through high-profile acquisitions.

Mallya, who is transforming the group into a global behemoth, has moved his senior management executives to key management positions, a move that is seen as an attempt to strengthen the group's core beverage alcohol business.

"These changes are mainly to take UB Group's core beverage alcohol business into the next decade," said Vijaya Mallya.

Ashwin Malik, with the UB group for 19 years, has been named chief executive of Whyte & Mackay, which recently came to the UB stable. He will relocate to Glasgow, Scotland. Ashok Capoor, 15 years with the group and the head of its western region, is promoted as deputy president, United Spirits Ltd (USL). He will be in charge of five regional profit centers and the CSD business of the group. He will move to Bangalore.

Having worked with Mallya for 18 years, Shekhar Ramamurthy has been promoted as deputy president of United Breweries and will be responsible for operations, besides overseeing sales and marketing.

Another Mallya loyalist, A Harish Bhat, who has been with UB for 17 years, has been promoted as deputy president & group treasurer. He has played a key role in the group's large acquisitions recently and in investments made by the group.

PA Murali, 14 years with the company, has been promoted as deputy president (Finance & Administration), USL, having successfully managed the merger of various group companies into USL. Murali had also executed the recent acquisitions of Whyte & Mackay and Liquidity Inc.

Former Shaw Wallace top official NR Rajsekher, currently chief operating officer (COO) of the Andhra Pradesh Region has been moved to Mumbai as COO of USL's Western Region, while PS Gill, currently with United National Breweries, South Africa, moves to New Delhi as chief operations officer of USL's Northern Region. Gill will succeed Ashwin Malik.