* Names Charles Ireland as new CEO for the group
* Hainsworth stayed at the helm for less than a year
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NAIROBI Feb 22 Kenya's leading brewer East
African Breweries said on Friday its chief executive
Devlin Hainsworth, who only took up the job in July last year,
would resign at the end of March.
The company, ranked as one of the most heavily traded firms
at the Nairobi bourse, did not say why Hainsworth was
stepping down. The announcement came a week after EABL reported
a 13 percent drop in pretax profit for its first-half ended last
December due to a surge in financing costs.
EABL said Hainsworth would be leaving Diageo.
The group, which is controlled by Britain's Diageo,
named Charles Ireland to replace Hainsworth starting from the
beginning of April, it said in a statement.
Ireland, who joined Diageo in 1997, will be joining EABL
from Malaysia where he has been running Guinness Anchor Berhad,
a joint venture between Diageo and Asia Pacific Breweries.
EABL's share price was trading one percent up at 281
shillings ($3.21)after the news of his departure.
($1 = 87.6500 Kenyan shillings)
(Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Richard Lough)