Executive Board of Management
Chief Executive Officer
Carlos Brito is our Chief Executive Officer. Born in 1960, he is a Brazilian citizen and received a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from Stanford University. He held positions at Shell Oil and Daimler Benz prior to joining AmBev in 1989. At AmBev he had roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2004. He was appointed Zone President North America at InBev in January 2005 and Chief Executive Officer in December 2005. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AmBev and Grupo Modelo.
Chief Marketing Officer
Miguel Patricio is our Chief Marketing Officer. Born in 1966, he is a Portuguese citizen and holds a Degree in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in São Paulo. Prior to joining AmBev in 1998, Mr. Patricio held several senior positions across the Americas at Philip Morris, the Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson. At AmBev, he was Vice President Marketing, before being appointed Vice President Marketing of InBev's North American Zone based in Toronto in January 2005. In January 2006 he was promoted to Zone President North America and in January 2008 he moved to Shanghai to take on the role of Zone President Asia Pacific. He became Chief Marketing Officer in July 2012.
Luiz Fernando Edmond
Luiz Fernando Edmond is our Zone President North America. Born in 1966, he is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Production Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. After starting his professional career with Banco Nacional in Brazil, Mr. Edmond joined Brahma, which later became AmBev, in 1990 as part of its Management Trainee Program. At AmBev, he held various positions in the Commercial, Operations and Distribution areas. He was appointed Zone President Latin America and AmBev’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2005; and Zone President North America in November 2008. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AmBev.
João Castro Neves
Latin America North
João Castro Neves is our Zone President Latin America North and AmBev’s Chief Executive Officer. Born in 1967, Mr. Castro Neves is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from the University of Illinois. He joined AmBev in 1996 and has held positions in various departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, Investor Relations, Business Development, Technology and Shared Services. He was AmBev’s Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Officer before being appointed Zone President Latin America South in January 2007. He took on his current role in January 2009.
Jo Van Biesbroeck
Zone President Western Europe & Chief Strategy Officer
Jo Van Biesbroeck is our Zone President Western Europe and Chief Strategy Officer. Born in 1956, Mr. Van Biesbroeck is a Belgian citizen and received a Degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven. He joined Interbrew and held several positions in Controlling and Finance prior to becoming Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy in 2003. In January 2005, he was appointed Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of Inbev; and in May 2006, he took up the position of Chief Strategy and Sales Officer. He was appointed to his current role in January 2010.
Zone President Latin America South
Francisco Sá is our Zone President Latin America South. Born in 1965, he is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal da Bahia and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley. He was President of Refrigerantes da Bahia S/A (Coca Bottling Company) for 7 years prior to joining AmBev in 1998. He held several roles including Direct Distribution Manager, Regional Sales Director and VP Soft Drinks for the Latin America North Zone. Mr. Sá was appointed Zone President Central & Eastern Europe in January 2008 and took over his current role, Zone President Latin America South in January 2012.
Chief Financial Officer
Felipe Dutra is our Chief Financial Officer. Born in 1965, Mr. Dutra is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Major in Economics from Candido Mendes and an MBA in Controlling from Universidade de São Paulo. He joined AmBev in 1990 from Aracruz Celulose, a major Brazilian manufacturer of pulp and paper. At AmBev he held various positions in Treasury and Finance before being appointed General Manager of AmBev’s subsidiary, Fratelli Vita. Mr. Dutra was appointed AmBev’s Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and he became our Chief Financial Officer in January 2005. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AmBev and Grupo Modelo.
Chief People and
Claudio Garcia is our Chief People and Technology Officer. Born in 1968, he is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Economics from the Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Garcia joined AmBev as a management trainee in 1991 and thereafter held various positions in Finance and Operations before being appointed Information Technology and Shared Services Director in 2002. Mr. Garcia was appointed InBev's Chief Information and Services Officer in January 2005 and its Chief People and Technology Officer in September 2006. In this role he oversees the company's People organization globally, including the Global Management Trainee Program, Global MBA recruitment, Executive education and training and engagement initiatives.
Claudio Braz Ferro
Chief Supply Officer
Claudio Braz Ferro is our Chief Supply Officer. Born in 1955, Mr. Braz Ferro is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria and has studied Brewing Science at the Catholic University of Leuven. Mr. Braz Ferro joined AmBev in 1977, where he held several key positions, including plant manager of the Skol brewery and industrial director of Brahma operations in Brazil. Mr. Braz Ferro also played a key role in structuring the supply organization when Brahma and Antarctica combined to form AmBev in 2000. He was appointed our Chief Supply Officer in January 2007.
Chief Legal &
Corporate Affairs Officer
Sabine Chalmers is our Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors. Born in 1965, Mrs. Chalmers is of German and Indian origin and holds an LL.B. from the London School of Economics. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and is a member of the New York State Bar. Mrs. Chalmers joined us in January 2005 after over 12 years with Diageo plc where she held a number of senior legal positions in various geographies across Europe, the Americas and Asia including as General Counsel of Latin American and then North American businesses. Prior to Diageo, she was an associate at the law firm of Lovells in London, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mrs. Chalmers is a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Modelo and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Chief Marketing Officer
Chris Burggraeve is our Chief Marketing Officer. Born in 1964, Mr. Burggraeve is a Belgian citizen and holds a Degree in Applied Economics (International Business) from the Catholic University of Leuven, as well as a Masters in European Economics from the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy, France, and a TRIUM Global MBA (offered jointly by London School of Economics, NYU Stern and HEC Paris). He joined us in November 2007 after over 12 years with The Coca-Cola Company, where he held a number of senior Marketing and General Management roles in various geographies across Europe and Eurasia, including most recently as Group Marketing Director for their European Union Group. Previously he worked for Procter & Gamble Benelux in Brand Management and Innovation and began his career in consulting and technology start-up companies. Mr. Burggraeve is also President of the World Federation of Advertisers as well as a member of the Board of the New York based Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce.
Bernardo Pinto Paiva
Chief Sales Officer
Bernardo Pinto Paiva is our Chief Sales Officer. Born in 1968, he is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Pinto Paiva joined AmBev in 1991 as a management trainee and during his career at the company has held leadership positions in Sales, Supply, Distribution and Finance. He was appointed Zone President North America in January 2008 and Zone President Latin America South in January 2009 before becoming Chief Sales Officer in January 2012.
Chief Procurement Officer
Tony Milikin is our Chief Procurement Officer. Born in 1961, he is a U.S. citizen and holds an undergraduate Finance Degree from the University of Florida and an MBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Milikin joined us in May 2009 from MeadWestvaco, where he was Vice President, Supply Chain and Chief Purchasing Officer, based in Richmond, Virginia, since 2004. Prior to joining MeadWestvaco, he held various purchasing and supply chain positions including Vice-President Purchasing and Supply Management for Sealy, Inc.; Senior Director, Purchasing, Transportation and Distribution for Monsanto; and Manager, Direct Material Sourcing for Alcon Laboratories. He serves on several professional councils, including The Conference Board's Purchasing and Supply Leadership Council and Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI's Purchasing Council. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM).
Zone President Central & Eastern Europe
Stuart MacFarlane is our Zone President Central & Eastern Europe. Born in 1967, he is a citizen of the UK and received a Degree in Business Studies from Sheffield University in the UK. He is also a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. He joined the company in 1992 and since then has held senior roles in Finance, Marketing, Sales and was Managing Director for our company’s business in Ireland. Stuart was appointed President of AB InBev UK & Ireland in January 2008 and in January 2012, became Zone President Central & Eastern Europe.
Zone President Asia Pacific
Michel Doukeris is our Zone President Asia Pacific. Born in 1973, he is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and a Master's Degree in Marketing from Getulio Vargas Foundation also in Brazil. He has also completed post-graduate programs in Marketing and Marketing Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management and Wharton Business School in the US. Michel joined our company in 1996 and held sales positions of increasing responsibility before becoming Vice President Soft Drinks for our Latin America North Zone in 2008. He was appointed President, AB InBev China in January 2010 and currently serves as Zone President Asia Pacific, a position he has held since January 2013.