AB InBev, maker of Budweiser and Stella Artois, has launched a process to replace CEO Carlos Brito, the Brazilian who led its transformation into the world’s largest brewer through a series of takeovers during his 16-year tenure.

The brewer is considering outside candidates for the role, say three people with knowledge of the matter, in what would be a big move for a company that prides itself on its home-grown culture.

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