Leadership changes at AB InBev 

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has made a series of changes to its leadership team.

Replacing Felipe Dutra, Fernando Tennenbaum has been appointed chief financial officer, while David Almeida will become chief strategy and technology officer and Nelson Jamel takes on the role of chief people officer.

“Felipe’s departure is bittersweet,” said Carlos Brito, chief executive of AB InBev. “For nearly 30 years, he has been a champion of our company and a fantastic partner to me and the members of our senior leadership team as we grew the company. Felipe feels that now is the right time to embark on new projects, and we are respectful of his decision.”

In a statement, Dutra said that he is leaving AB InBev in a strong position, both financially and operationally. “We have a superb team, a solid strategy, an outstanding geographic footprint and an unparalleled portfolio of brands, giving me the confidence that AB InBev will continue to create enduring value for its consumers, customers and shareholders. I have great respect for and confidence in Fernando, who will build on our company’s legacy of financial discipline and operational excellence.”

Tennenbaum will become chief financial officer after serving as vice president of finance for AB InBev’s South America zone and as chief financial and investor relations officer of its Brazilian subsidiary Ambev.

“We would like to congratulate Fernando on being appointed as our chief financial officer,” commented Brito. “With deep functional expertise and strong technical knowledge, he is uniquely qualified to lead our finance function and actively support topline growth through solid financial management. Fernando’s mandate will be to ensure AB InBev continues to invest behind the organic growth of the business while deleveraging toward the optimal capital structure.”

The new appointments are effective from 29 April.