Carlsberg names two to ExCom
Isaac Sheps, Anne-Marie Skov step down at year-end
The Carlsberg Group has named a new senior vice president for its Eastern Europe region, with Jacek Pastuszka taking over from Isaac Sheps at the beginning of January.
Pastuszka, currently CEO of Ringnes in Norway, also assumes responsibility for Russian market leader Baltika Breweries as its CEO.
Also stepping down from Carlsberg’s Executive Committee will be Anne-Marie Skov, who has been senior vice president for Group Corporate Affairs since 2004. She is succeeded by Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, who joins from a global position as SVP for Corporate Communications & Affairs at RB plc.
Sheps has been with Carlsberg for the past 16 years. Over the last three years he has succeeded against the odds in a Russian market beset by tax increases, advertising restrictions and general economic difficulties acerbated by the conflict in eastern Crimea. He and his management team have grown market share and protected profitability at Baltika Breweries, while establishing strong relationships with key stakeholders in Russia.
During Skov’s 10 years with Carlsberg, she has professionalised and focused the approach to both external and internal communications. She also led CSR initiatives across the organisation and, as a trusted leader, played an important role as a mentor and advisor for many people within Carlsberg.
While both are seeking more flexibility in their lives, neither Sheps nor Skov will leave the Carlsberg entirely. During 2015 Sheps will continue as senior executive advisor to Carlsberg Group CEO Jørgen Rasmussen and the ExCom. From January, Skov will take over responsibility for the Tuborg Foundation and The Carlsberg Bequest to the memory of Brewer J.C. Jacobsen.
Jørgen Rasmussen commented, “I understand and respect the decision that Anne-Marie and Isaac have made but will miss the impact they have had in our senior management team as well as the important contributions they have made in their respective roles.”
Pastuszka has been with Carlsberg since 2009. He previously held senior commercial positions at AIG, Danone and P&G. As CEO of Carlsberg Polska, he made the company into one of the best-performing in the Western Europe region, including activation of Carlsberg’s Euro 2012 football sponsorship.
The new CEO for Ringnes will be Søren Brinck, currently vice president for business development in the Western Europe region.