Australia: Carlton & United Breweries CEO to step down

Following the purchase of Australia’s leading brewer Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) by Asahi Beverages last year (, 01.04.2020), Peter Filipovic will retire from the role as CEO of CUB in the next months as soon as soon as a new CEO for the business has been appointed.

“Mr Filipovic will shortly achieve 25 years of service with the business, and following the successful integration of CUB in June 2020, Asahi Beverages and Mr Filipovic decided that now was the right time for the announcement of his intention to retire from the business,” said Asahi Beverages in a press statement today.

“Asahi Beverages plans to announce the new CEO of the CUB business division in Q3 2021. That person will also join our Asahi Beverages Executive Leadership Team. They will play an important role in helping deliver on our multi-beverage strategy and leading our very experienced CUB Leadership Team,”Robert Iervasi, Group CEO of Asahi Beverages was quoted in the statement. “Peter has played an important role in the smooth integration of CUB and the continued growth of our business. He has given great service to CUB and Asahi Beverages,” he added.

Asahi Beverages is a member of Asahi Group Holdings, one of Japan’s leading beverage companies, and comprises of some of Australia and New Zealand's most successful beverage businesses, including Asahi Lifestyle Beverages (formerly known as Schweppes Australia), Asahi Beverages New Zealand and Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) which now incorporates Asahi Beverages alcohol division, Asahi Premium Beverages.

“It’s been a privilege to have served as CEO of CUB and a member of the Asahi Beverages Executive Leadership Team. It’s a phenomenal business, with exceptional people and an unrivalled portfolio. I’m leaving the business knowing that it’s in great hands and well set-up for long-term success,” Peter Filipovic said.

Today’s announcement is the last one in a series of team announcements after Asahi Beverages took control of CUB on 1 June 2020. Other management changes which had been in place by 1st October (, 20.8.2020) included

  • Michael Ritoli, formerly General Manager of Sales, had been appointed as General Manager of CUB Premium Beverages.
  • Peter Bingeman had been appointed General Manager of sales at CUB. He worked before at Visit Victoria, Mondelez International, Kraft Foods and Cadburys.
  • David Stingl had been appointed as General Manager of Fire & Earth Ventures. The division was  transferred from AB InBev to Asahi following CUB’s acquisition and was formerly known as ZX Ventures.
  • Asha Skyring had been appointed to General Manager, Strategy & Analytics

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