Management

Creating value through six generations.

In Harboe, we strive to pursue the values that have been part of our company over six generations. These values are the focal point of our daily management, where it is important for us to have happy and committed employees, space for new ideas and a shared ambition to create the best results, with responsibility for each other and our surroundings.

We are also a financially listed company with obligations to our shareholders, and have a wide range of formal requirements and expectations to live up to. Our senior management and Board of Directors work purposefully to generate development and value, while ensuring that our management and control systems are effective and follow relevant standards.

Our Board of Directors is composed of professional members with relevant competences and family members who all contribute to carrying forward our values and ambitions for long-term value creation for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

 

Bernhard Griese (1941)

Chairman of the Board. Member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Before taking office as Chairman of the Board, Bernhard Griese has had a long career at Harboes Bryggeri where he went on to work with all areas of the company since 1973. He was appointed director in 1981 and CEO in 1986, a position he held until 1 September 2019. Bernhard Griese’s extensive production and management experience combined with his strong innovation and entrepreneurial power make him an important asset for the group.

Mads Ole Krage (1944)

Vice Chairman. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, member of the Audit Committee.

Mads Ole Krage has long-term experience of the retail trade, e.g. from his role as director of the retail chain Netto from 1980 to 2005. Mads Ole Krage brings valuable insight into the retail trade’s development, conditions and expectations for suppliers, also from an international/European perspective. The Board of Directors also benefits from Mads Ole Krage’s vast experience within the strategic development of markets, sales and marketing.

Claus Bayer (1957)

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination Committee.

Claus Bayer is active in independent consulting within Corporate Finance and, prior to this, was employed by Royal Unibrew from 2007-2012 as Deputy CEO and Head of M&A, and widely involved in the company’s successful turn-around. Claus Bayer’s knowledge of the brewing industry, turn-around experience, restructuring and strategy work is an important contribution to the work of the Board of Directors and the implementation of the initiatives to ensure progress and positive results at Harboes Bryggeri.

Bettina Køhlert (1964)

Chairwoman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Audit Committee.

Since 2001, Bettina Køhlert has been involved in consulting activities in financial communication and investor relations, most recently as a co-founder and partner at Guidance. Over the years, she has advised the management of listed companies in connection with e.g. financial reporting, strategy and Corporate Governance, as well as in company trading and financial transactions. Bettina Køhlert’s experience is an important contribution to the board’s work to take Harboes Bryggeri to the next level and focus on increased value creation.

Ruth Schade (1951)

Chairwoman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee.

Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Ruth Schade was employed by Harboes Bryggeri where she held a number of managerial positions since 1980, including as CFO and most recently as Group CEO until 30 April 2020. Ruth Schade has significant insight into all parts of the group, and her experience ensures continuity and is an important contribution to the board’s work with a focus on strategy, business development, cooperation with customers, financial management and anchoring the work with corporate social responsibility at the board level.

Jens Bjarne Søndergaard Jensen (1955)

Employee elected board member.

Jens Bjarne Søndergaard Jensen has been a forklift driver at Harboes Bryggeri A/S since 1983 and has, for a number of years, been elected the company representative by the company’s employees.
As an employee-elected board member, Jens Bjarne Søndergaard Jensen contributes with his in-depth experience of the company’s daily operations and therefore makes a valuable contribution to the work of the Board.Jens Bjarne Søndergaard Jensen (1955)

Employee elected board member.

Jens Bjarne Søndergaard Jensen has been a forklift driver at Harboes Bryggeri A/S since 1983 and has, for a number of years, been elected the company representative by the company’s employees.
As an employee-elected board member, Jens Bjarne Søndergaard Jensen contributes with his in-depth experience of the company’s daily operations and therefore makes a valuable contribution to the work of the Board.

 

Harboe's executive board

Daily management is handled by our executive board in close collaboration with the Group management team, which comprises Group Finance; Operations & HR; IT, Logistics & Supply Chain; Production Technology; R&D & Quality; Sales & Marketing for Beverages and Ingredients respectively.

Executive board (from left):

Michael Møller Jensen (1976), CFO
On 1 February 2020, Michael Møller Jensen joined Harboes Bryggeri as CFO. Previously he has worked for the Norwegian-owned food company Scandza, which owns and markets several Scandinavian food brands, including Bisca. Michael Møller Jensen is a Statutory Auditor and comes with extensive experience from the food industry and previous roles with responsibility for financial management and reporting.

Søren Malling (1971), CEO
Søren Malling has extensive management experience from Harboes Bryggeri A/S where he has led a broad range of development and operational tasks within planning and logistics. In 2005 he was appointed Logistics Director with the responsibility for the Group’s Supply Chain Management and for implementing the Group’s ERP system across the Group’s production units. In 2019 he was appointed CEO.

Martin Schade (1964), COO
Martin Schade has been with Harboes Bryggeri since 1997, and over the years he has held a number of management positions in the Group. In 2010, he was appointed director in charge of the day-to-day management. In December 2019, he joined as COO and member of the Senior Management. Martin Schade got a military leadership education and served as a line officer in the army for several years. Prior to his employment at Harboes Bryggeri, he was a buyer and department manager in Dansk Supermarked for a number of years.