Six months ago, I received a call from our CEO, Carlos Brito asking to meet him. As I sat down with Brito he got right to the point: our Chief People Officer was retiring and he was offering me the opportunity of a lifetime. 30 seconds. That’s all it took. No need to think about it – I was in!
I had been 18 months in my role as Chief Integration Officer for our combination with SAB. With my team, we welcomed great people from SAB and captured intellectual synergies that are now reshaping our company’s strategy for years to come. Given the successes we had experienced, I came to realize my Integration role was coming to an end and I was ready for my next challenge.
In my 19 years at AB InBev, I’ve held many positions: M&A, finance, strategy, and sales. Being the Chief People Officer — I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect role. A company is only as extraordinary as its people and we have the BEST people in the business. At AB InBev, we dream bigger than what we think is possible, we are owners who take results personally, and we continue to look for innovative ways of thinking. We believe that our culture, more than anything else, is what has enabled our impressive growth story.
Our culture is what will drive the amazing future we have ahead of us and I’m looking forward to being a part of that future. In the spirit of “ownership”, I want to share my focus with you:
Bottom line? We dream big. For our colleagues, our brands, our company and for ourselves. It’s true that we speak often of our Dream of ‘bringing people together for a better world’. In a lot of ways, that could be my new job description, too. The times ahead are exciting. AB InBev is at a pivotal moment in our history and I am honored to have the responsibility to lead our people function. In my experience, when you bring together a diverse community of bold, ambitious and passionate creators the potential for growth is limitless. I look forward to the years ahead working with GREAT people, dreaming big, and doing amazing things. Cheers!
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