LONDON (Reuters) - Graham Mackay, the chairman of SABMiller
Mackay spent 35 years at SABMiller, steering its transformation from an industrial conglomerate to the world's second-largest brewer with annual sales of $34.5 billion and 200 brands including Miller Lite, Peroni and Pilsner Urquell.
He was chief executive from 1999 when the company - then called South African Breweries - listed on the London Stock Exchange, until April this year when he took a medical leave of absence following surgery on a brain tumor.
He recovered enough to resume his duties as chairman in September. His condition suddenly worsened in November, and he took a further leave.
Mackay died peacefully on Wednesday morning, the company said, surrounded by his family, which includes three adult sons and three school-age sons.
The board said on Wednesday it had appointed acting chairman John Manser as chairman until a long-term successor can be found. Guy Elliott will take Manser's place as a senior independent director.
(Reporting by Martinne Geller; editing by Jane Merriman and Tom Pfeiffer)