Carlsberg has denied reports that it will lose momentum in the run-up to finding a replacement CEO for the brewery.

The brewer recently announced that current CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen will move to Danish transport company AP Moller Maersk in December. Andersen has held the top job at Carlsberg for six years.

Speaking to just-drinks today (19 July), a spokesperson for the brewer said: "We won't lose momentum, Anderson will work right up until the last day he is with us. It's a very open process for the time being and will take one to two months until conclusion. We are considering both internal and external candidates. The choice is not dependent on where the person is from, but the skills and knowledge they will bring."

According to recent reports, insiders have expressed that  a new chief executive to be appointed in August to help the brewery to participate in mergers and acquisitions.

Investors and analysts have speculated Carlsberg may take over British peer Scottish & Newcastle, with which it co-owns Russian brewery group BBH, and the spokesperson did not rule out this possibility.