Outgoing CEO Rob Murray to join Lion Board

Tuesday September 25, Sydney: Lion today announced outgoing CEO Rob Murray will join the Lion Board from April 2013 as a Non-Executive Director.

Rob originally joined the former Lion Nathan Board in 2002 as a Non-Executive Director, before being appointed Lion Nathan CEO in October 2004 and Lion CEO upon the Company’s formation in October 2009.

Rob Murray said: “Stepping down as CEO was a difficult decision to make, however it was the right time for me personally and for Lion.  While my role has changed my passion for Lion has not. This is a fantastic business with great people and great brands and I feel privileged to continue my involvement by returning to the Lion Board as a Non-Executive Director.”

Sir Rod Eddington said: “Rob has made a significant contribution to building Lion into the market leading business it is today. His expertise will be a valuable asset to the Board and enable a smooth transition as we welcome Stuart Irvine as CEO from 3 January 2013.”

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Notes to editors

 Rob Murray

Rob Murray was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lion in October 2009, following Kirin Holdings Company Limited’s successful acquisition of the remaining shares in Lion Nathan. Rob held the role of Chief Executive Officer Lion Nathan since 1 October 2004, having been appointed to the Board in September 2002. Rob was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Oceania having also worked for Procter and Gamble and Spillers Petfoods.

 Sir Rod Eddington

Sir Rod Eddington joined Lion’s board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2011. Rod has a wealth of experience from a range of executive roles (including CEO roles at Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways) and non-executive roles (including Rio Tinto, News Corporation, China Light & Power and John Swire & Sons). He is also currently Chair of JP Morgan (Australia and New Zealand) and Infrastructure Australia.