CHESTERFIELD, MO. — Patrick (Rick) Oleshak has joined AB Mauri North America as vice-president of marketing.

Mr. Oleshak has spent the past 13 years with Anheuser-Busch, and for the past 3 years he has led the Stella Artois brand team. He has held various product and brand manager roles in the specialty beer portfolio, as well as senior communications and public relations roles for both the domestic and international beer businesses.

Prior to joining Anheuser-Busch, he held senior communications and public relations roles at both NASCAR and the Orlando Magic, a National Basketball Association team.

“Rick brings to AB Mauri a deep understanding of consumer marketing gained in a blue chip FMCG environment,” said Mark Prendergast, president of AB Mauri. “We will welcome Rick’s fresh approach and perspective to both the challenges and opportunities that our customers face.”

AB Mauri North America is a bakery solutions business with two major business elements serving the North American market. The two elements are baker’s yeast under the Fleischmann’s brand, and ranges of functional and technologically advanced bakery ingredients under the AB Mauri ingredients brand.