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Carlsberg Names Diageo’s Slay to Head U.K., Replacing Sheps

January 26, 2012

(Updates with executive’s background starting in second paragraph.)

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Carlsberg A/S, the world’s fourth- biggest brewer, appointed former Diageo Plc executive Benet Slay to head its U.K. business.

Slay, who was previously managing director of distiller Diageo’s Northern Europe unit, will take up the role of U.K. chief executive officer on March. 1, according to a statement from Copenhagen-based Carlsberg today. He replaces Isaac Sheps, who became head of Baltika Breweries, the biggest beermaker in Russia and Carlsberg’s largest unit, on Dec. 1.

Slay, who has also served as managing director of Diageo’s U.K. business, qualified as a management accountant while working at Unilever and has worked at PepsiCo Inc. Jesper Friis, senior vice president for Carlsberg Western Europe, has been acting as interim CEO for the brewer in the U.K.

--Editors: Sara Marley, Robert Valpuesta

To contact the reporters on this story: Clementine Fletcher in London at cfletcher5@bloomberg.net; Meera Bhatia in Oslo at mbhatia2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sara Marley at smarley1@bloomberg.net


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