Mike worked closely with Pepper in the early days of the Prague Leadership Institute, when he was Chairman and CEO of the Czech Brewer, Plzeňský Prazdroj, Chairman of Topvar Breweries, Slovakia, and Group Executive of the parent company, SABMiller, the world’s 2nd largest brewer. Mike is now Managing Director of the Executive Search Agency, Mentys Ltd., based near London and focused on executive placement for supply chain companies in the beer, beverage and food sectors in Europe and Africa. Mike’s 15 years’ experience at Operating Board level in SABMiller took him from South Africa to Hungary, the Czech Republic and the UK. This was preceded by senior executive positions in the nuclear power industry, in engineering project management and business consulting, based in seven countries on 3 continents. He is recognized as a bottom-line driven, pragmatic and strategic leader who delivers profitable growth in challenging environments, with his first leadership challenges and learnings arising from his early career experiences as Royal Navy nuclear submarine Marine Engineering Officer. Mike is known for raising the bar of performance and championing the development of pragmatic leadership skills in his senior executives, enabling them to grow and to grow others. He builds highly collaborative, motivated teams with The Human Element of Leadership ever-present in Mike’s career. His positive impact as a leader has been recognised and written about in numerous newspaper and industry journals.