Carlsberg said today (18 February) that its board of directors intends to elect Richard Burrows and Kees van der Graaf to the board, replacing Jens Bigum, the company's deputy chairman, and Henning Dyremose.

"The acquisition of parts of Scottish & Newcastle has resulted in a significant transformation of Carlsberg, which is now a far bigger company with increased global exposure in the FMCG industry (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)," Carlsberg chairman Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen said, following its full-year results statement today. 

"This is reflected in the composition of the day-to-day management of the company, and it will also be reflected to a much higher degree in the board of directors, if the Annual General Meeting adopts the proposal to elect Richard Burrows and Kees van der Graaf," he said.

"As members of the board both will contribute with substantial international experience and inspiration within Carlsberg's business areas."
Burrows is 63 years old and holds board positions in Bank of Ireland, Rentokil Initial, and Cityjet amongst others. Until 2005, he was joint CEO of Pernod Ricard and before that CEO of Irish Distillers. He also held the position as president of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation for a period of two years.

Kees van der Graaf is 58 years old and held the position of president Europe in the board of Unilever until May 2008. Amongst other external positions, van der Graaf is on the board of directors of the Dutch automobile club ANWB and he joined IMD, the Lausanne-based Business School as an executive-in-residence in the autumn of 2008.

Jens Bigum, who joined the board of directors in 2001, retires from the board in accordance with the company's age clause. Henning Dyremose has decided to step down after 10 years on the board of directors.