Carlsberg appoints women to board

Carlsberg appoints women to board

Carlsberg has set about diversifying its board of directors, with the proposed appointments of two new members, both of whom are female.

The brewer announced yesterday (27 February) that Donna Cordner and Elisabeth Fleuriot will be proposed as new directors at the AGM next month. The move has been introduced following the introduction of objectives, which include at least 40% of the board to be female by 2015.

Other objectives include 50% or more of board members to have “significant international experience” from management in, and of, large corporations or institutions, and that Carlsberg will increase the number of women in senior management positions.

“Last year, we agreed that we needed to review the composition of our board,” said board chairman Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen. “While there are some pre-determined competencies that we require of our members, we also recognise the benefits of a diverse board in respect of experience, style, culture, international experience and gender.”

Carlsberg also announced yesterday that Krogsgaard-Larsen will stand down as chairman next month, to be replaced by Søren-Peter Fuchs Olesen. The revised board will comprise five members with links to the Carlsberg Foundation, five professional business members and four members elected by the employees.

Donna Cordner is a director of Millicom International Cellular. She has also spent time with Citigroup, Société Générale and ABN Amro Bank. Elisabeth Fleuriot is the senior VP for emerging markets and VP at Kellogg Company. She previously worked for Soodiaal Group and the Danone Group.

Søren-Peter Fuchs Olesen is a board member of the Carlsberg Foundation, and sits on the supervisory board of the Carlsberg Laboratory. He is also director of the Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Cardiac Arrhythmia at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet.

Carlsberg's AGM will be held on 22 March.