LONDON: SABMiller, the international brewer behind Miller, Fosters, and Grolsch, among other beer brands, has prevented SVP of global communications and reputation Nigel Fairbrass from taking a position with another company for three months.
Fairbrass, who has served in his current role since 2011, is planning to leave SABMiller after 10 years.
“Gardening leave” is a practice common in the UK that restricts a departing employee from taking a job with a competitor for a specific period of time. The company used it because Fairbrass was unable to say what he is planning to do next and he is familiar with sensitive information, said Catherine May, director of corporate affairs.
Fairbrass, who is understood to be leaving to “pursue a new opportunity,” declined to comment.
His contribution to the company was praised and the brewer wished Fairbrass well in future endeavors in a memo from May.
“[Fairbrass] has played a central role in building the excellent corporate reputation that SABMiller enjoys today and has helped deliver many important communications campaigns for corporate M&A activities including our acquisition of Foster's in Australia and the merger of Miller Brewing Company with Molson Coors in the USA,” the memo read. “[He] has also been a key member of the corporate affairs leadership council, providing specialist input to this policy setting group under the leadership of both Sue Clark, and more recently, myself.”
Fairbrass worked at financial PR firms Brunswick Group and Tulchan Communications Group before joining SABMiller as investor relations manager in 2004 and going on to become head of media relations.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.