Richard Rivett-Carnac is the current Chief Executive Officer of the South African Breweries (SAB) with 14 years of experience in various roles within the AB InBev group. He joined SABMiller in the London office as part of the Mergers and Acquisitions team in 2009. Prior to being appointed CEO of SAB in 2022, he held the role of Vice President for Finance, Legal & Corporate Affairs for AB InBev’s Africa Zone, successfully navigating the business through what could be considered the most challenging years since its inception.
Amongst some of his achievements, was managing the sale of 4 Coca-Cola Bottling businesses in Zambia, Botswana, eSwatini and Lesotho as well as managing the sale of the Chibuku business in Zambia and Malawi. He is also responsible for the unwinding of one of the biggest BEE share schemes in South Africa, SAB’s R14bn B-BBEEdeal Zenzele.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is passionate about transformation and firmly believes in the talent, strength and capability of SAB employees. Holding a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town, he is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. A true beer man, Richard’s main responsibility is ensuring that SAB employees, the alcohol industry and the country remain SAB’s top priority as he ushers what will be SAB’s greatest decade.