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 and 2021. The election period expires in 2022.

Bernhard Griese is a trained 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 emerging markets, ongoing efficiency improvements, produc- tion upgrades and the development of new products and brands.

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

Holdings of Harboe shares: 336,022 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 Produktion Niendorf GmbH, Germany

Claus Bayer (1957)

Deputy Chairman of the Board.

Independent member of the board since 2020.
Re-elected in 2021. The election period expires in 2022.

Claus Bayer has an Academy Profession Degree in Financial Management from Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Claus Bayer has run an independent consulting business within the field of corporate finance since 2012, assisting with corporate transactions, valuations and ownership restructuring. From 2007 to 2012, he was employed as deputy director and Head of M&A at Royal Unibrew, where he was heavily involved in the company’s successful turn-around. Claus Bayer’s knowledge of the brewing industry and experience with turn-around, restructuring and strategy work are important contributions to the work of the board.

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

Holdings of Harboe shares: 10,000 shares.

Other management positions

  • CEO, Pinehill ApS

Board memberships

  • Tømmerhandler Johannes Fogs Fond (Foundation)

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. The election period expires in 2022.

Bettina Køhlert has 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 run a consulting business focusing 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 business transfers 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 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. The election period expires in 2022.

Ruth Schade originally qualified as a school teacher and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has completed a diploma in business administration, sustainability and the UN’s Global 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 management positions, most recently as Group Chief Executive 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 and an important contribution to the work of the Board of Directors.

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

Holdings of Harboe shares: 5,440 shares.

Board memberships

  • Sund og Bælt Holding A/S
  • Danfrugt Skælskør A/S
  • Visbjerggården A/S
  • Keldernæs A/S

Sabine Disse (1976)

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

Sabine Disse holds an MSc in Business Administration from Friedrich-Alexander University and has completed the General Management Programme at Cambridge University. Since 2020, Sabine Disse has been CFO of Intersnack Germany, a subsidiary of the Intersnack Group which produces and markets savory snacks across Europe. Between 2013-2018 she was acting as CFO for the German nut business and supported the financial blueprinting towards a harmonized ERP-landscape roll out for Intersnack Group between 2018-2020. From 2008-2013she was acting as Financial Director for the international brewery business of the Warsteiner Group which is one of the largest privately held breweries in Germany. In her function she took managerial and board positions on Warsteiners’ subsidiaries worldwide. Sabine Disse has a deep insight into the German market for FMCG within food & beverages and brings a broad international experience from the industry. In addition, her strong financial background as CFO and member of management in the companies, she has worked for will be 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. The election period expires in 2022.

Jakob Skovgaard has 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.

Other management positions

  • CEO, Skovgaard Mgt.

Board memberships

  • Casefair

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.