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Anheuser reshuffles corporate officers.

The Anheuser-Busch Companies board recently approved several changes in the company's senior management, involving four of the corporation's senior executives.

Patrick Stokes has been promoted to senior executive vice president of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. stokes has served as president of the Anheuser-Busch brewing subsidiary since 1990, and is also now the CEO.

"This promotion is a recognition of the wide-ranging duties that Pat has undertaken, and the outstanding job he's done to build our company's global leadership position," said August Busch III, chairman and president of A-B Companies, Inc.

Stokes, Age 57, is a member of the Anheuser-Busch Companies board of directors, and serves with Busch III and John Purnell as a member of the corporate office. he has been a member of the corporation's strategy committee since 1974.

Stokes has announced that August Busch IV has been promoted to group vice president, marketing and wholesale operations. Busch, who will continue to report to Stokes, also becomes vice president and group executive, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., joining the corporation's strategy committee.

"Since August became vice president--marketing in 1996, he has demonstrated his ability to direct our company's sales, marketing and media activities. He's been responsible for advertising recognized as the best in the world, and has made our brands the premier sponsor of events like the Super Bowl, Olympics and World Cup. August will now have the additional responsibility of overseeing another critical part of our business, the wholesale operations division, one billion business."

The wholesale operations division runs the 12 company-owned beer- distributorships around the country that handle 6% of A-B's sales volume. In addition, the division is responsible for WEDCO, the company that enters into partnerships with individuals to purchase A-B distributorships.

Busch IV, age 36, has been with the company full-time for 15 years. During that period, he has held a variety of positions in brewing, operations and marketing. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in finance from St. Louis University, and also holds an MBA from that institution, and a brewmaster's degree from the International Brewing Institute in Berlin.

Anheuser also announced that William L. Rammes will retire from his duties as vice-president, corporate human resources, after 34 years with the company. He will continue to do some consulting for Anheuser-Busch, will remain Chairman and president of Busch Properties, Inc.

He will be replaced in his v.p. post by Mark T Bobak, age 40, who has served as vice president and deputy general counsel for A-B since 1996. Bobak will also assume Rammes' position on the Anheuser-Busch strategy committee.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Aug 7, 2000
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