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Gambrinus loses Šemík to Grolsch

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Semik joined Plzeňský Prazdroj in 1997

Gambrinus and Prazdoj manager Pavel Šemík to move on

After 15 years with Plzeňský Prazdroj, brewery manager Pavel Šemík is on the move. 

Šemík will take over as technical director of Netherlands-based Royal Grolsch on 1 August. In his new role, he will be responsible for the production of Grolsch and Amsterdam, and the overall management of production at the brewery, said owner SABMiller. 

Joining Plzeňský Prazdroj in 1997 after his graduation from the University of Chemical Technology in Prague, where he qualified as both a brewer and a malster, Šemík began his career as a bottling technologist. Rising to master brewer, he was appointed manager of the Velké Popowice brewery in 2005, and has managed both Pilsen breweries, at Prazdroj and Gambrinus, since 2007.  He holds an MBA from the University of Vienna. 

He is looking forward to meeting the people at the Grolsch brewery and to experiencing life in the Netherlands, he told Brewers' Guardian. Asked what challenges he expected to face in the new role, he said: "Grolsch is a famous brewery with an excellent infrastructure and great people. I´d like to change some systems of working  to improve some aspects of its performance and to strengthen the reputation of the brewery even more".

Šemík's successor is yet to be announced. 

Plzeňský Prazdroj saw sales of 9.9 million hectolitres in 2011 and exports its beer to more than 50 countries worldwide. Its main brand is Pilsner Urquell. 

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