Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev has begun searching for a replacement for its long-serving chief executive Carlos Brito, who has been CEO for 16 years.

The world’s largest brewer is considering external applicants for Brito’s replacement, who has been its long serving CEO for 16 years and has supervised a bunch of mergers that transformed two Brazilian and Belgium drink-makers into the global behemoth, the FT reported, citing people with understanding of the matter.

AB InBev refused to comment of the FT report, which also stated that the corporation is presently considering only one internal applicant, Michael Doukeris, who heads its North America-based Anheuser-Busch business.