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.

Dependent member of the Board since 1986. Re-elected in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The election period expires in 2023.

Bernhard Griese is a qualified electrical engineer and was first employed at Harboes Brewery in 1973. In the following years, he worked in all areas of the company. He joined the Executive Committee in 1981 and was made CEO in 1986 – a position he held until 2019.

Bernhard Griese’s broad production and management experience, combined with a strong focus on innovation, is a significant asset to the board of directors and has been a driving force in the group’s targeted approach to new growth markets, ongoing efficiency improvements, production upgrades and development of new products and brands.

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

Holdings of Harboe shares: 363,222 shares.

Board memberships

  • Visbjerggården A/S (Chairman)
  • Keldernæs A/S
  • Danfrugt Skælskør A/S (Chairman)
  • Bernd Griese Holding ApS

Board of Directors

  • Keldernæs A/S
  • Bernd Griese Holding ApS
  • Agrar Holding ApS
  • Agrar Produktion Niendorf GmbH, Germany

Stijn Deelen (1972)

Dutch National. Independent member of the board since 2022. The election period expires in 2023.

Stijn Deelen has an MSc in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Stijn Deelen has run an independent consulting business since 2016 and has investments and board positions in a number of companies within the field of craft beer, spirits and football. He was chairman of the Dutch Brewery Association from 2019–2022. From 2009–2016, Stijn Deelen was CEO of United Dutch Breweries, which markets a wide range of beer brands in around 100 markets worldwide. Prior to that, he held a number of different management positions in the Dutch subsidiary of brewing company AB InBev from 1999–2009.

Stijn Deelen’s long career in the brewing sector and his extensive commercial experience in international sales and marketing of beverages will be a valuable contribution to the Board of Directors and the efforts to create renewed growth and realise the Group’s strategic goals.

Member of the Audit Committee.

Other management positions

  • Owner of BBE bv

Board memberships

  • EA Sheer Master Blenders (rum)
  • Co-founder of Stadshaven Brewery in Rotterdam

Bettina Køhlert (1964)

Dependent member of the board since 2020. (Has provided advisory services to Harboes Bryggeri A/S over the last 5 years). Re-elected in 2021 and 2022. The election period expires in 2023.

Bettina Køhlert holds a cand.scient.soc (business economics/public relations) from Roskilde University and completed CBS Executive’s board training.

For a number of years, Bettina Køhlert has been operating a consulting business focused on financial communication and investor relations and has advised a wide range of listed companies on their investor communication and in connection with a large number of corporate trades and financial transactions.

Bettina Køhlert has previously been employed by the ISS Group’s listed parent company and served as the employee-elected member of ISS’ board of directors. Bettina Køhlert’s experience with financial communication and compliance in listed companies is an important contribution to the work of the board of directors.

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

Holdings of Harboe shares: 1,402 shares.

Other management positions

  • Director/partner of Guidance ApS

Ruth Schade (1951)

Dependent member of the board since 2020.
(Former Group Chief Executive of Harboes Bryggeri A/S). Re-elected in 2021 and 2022. The election period expires in 2023.

Ruth Schade originally qualified as a school teacher and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has completed a graduate diploma in business administration, sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as CBS Executive’s board training.

Ruth Schade has been employed with Harboes Bryggeri since 1980 and has held a number of managerial positions, most recently as Group CEO until April 2020. Ruth Schade has been involved in all aspects of Harboe’s commercial and strategic development, and before her resignation was a driving force in the formulation of a new CSR strategy. Ruth Schade’s experience and significant insight into the group ensures continuity, as well as being an important contribution to the work of the board of directors.

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

Holdings of Harboe shares: 5,440 shares.

Board memberships

  • Danfrugt Skælskør A/S
  • Visbjerggården A/S
  • Keldernæs A/S

Sabine Disse (1976)

German citizen. Independent member of the board since 2021. Re-elected in 2022. The election period expires in 2023.

Sabine These holds an MSc in Business Administration from Friedrich-Alexander Universität and completed Cambridge University’s General Management Programme. Since 2020, Sabine These has been the CFO of Intersnack in Germany, a subsidiary of Intersnack Group which produces and markets snack products throughout Europe. From 2013 to 2018, she was CFO of the snacks business in Germany, and from 2018 to 2020, she played a key role in the financial planning and roll-out of a common ERP system for the Intersnack Group.

From 2008 to 2013, she was CFO of the international brewing company under the Warsteiner Group, one of Europe’s largest privately owned breweries in Germany. In relation to this, she held a number of management and board positions in Warsteiner’s subsidiaries worldwide.

Sabine Disse has significant insight into the German FMCG market in the food and beverage sector, as well as broad international experience of the industry. In addition, her strong financial background as CFO and as a member of management of the companies she has worked for is a valuable addition to Harboe’s board of directors.

Member of the Audit Committee.

Other management positions

  • CFO, Intersnack Germany

Jakob Skovgaard (1974)

Independent member of the board since 2021. Re-elected in 2022. The election period expires in 2023.

Jakob Skovgaard holds an MSc in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and completed INSEAD’s Executive Board Programme. Since 2020, Jakob Skovgaard has run an independent consulting business dealing with e.g. strategy, marketing and digital transformation. From 2004 to 2017, he was employed by Arla Foods, where he worked on
international strategy development, and has since been given global responsibility for growth and sales of the group’s cheese category. In 2017, Jakob Skovgaard joined Danish
Crown Foods, where he became the managing director of the group’s activities in Denmark. Jakob Skovgaard’s extensive knowledge of global sales and marketing, consumer trends and innovation, as well as experience with the Danish retail market, business development and digital transformation will be a valuable contribution to Harboe’s
board of directors.

Member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.

Holdings of Harboe shares: 4.487 shares.

Other management positions

  • CEO, Skovgaard Mgt.

Board memberships

  • Trivision A/S

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:

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), CCO
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.