Carlsberg Malaysia is bidding farewell to its outgoing Managing Director, Lars Lehmann. Lehmann who has been with the company for three years will be promoted to the Executive Committee (ExCom) for Eastern Europe at Carlsberg A/S.
Lehmann is set to take on the role as the Executive Vice President of Eastern Europe as well as the CEO of Baltika, Carlsberg Group’s company in Russia. Replacing Lehmann would be incoming Managing Director Ted Akiskalos. This change would be effective from 1st May 2019 onwards.
To cheers to new beginnings, a celebration party was held at Brixton 23 in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang. The 350 guests were treated to a feast as they expressed their congratulations to Lehmann while embracing Akiskalos to the family.
Speaking to the crowd, Lehmann shared about the good times he had with the company, noting, “It has been probably the best three years for me and the company. Together, we had an unprecedented financial year in 2018 with strong growth in revenue, net profit, and free cash flow, allowing us to declare the highest dividends in the history of Carlsberg Malaysia. None of these would be possible if it wasn’t for our customers and consumers’ support towards our brands, our people and our businesses.”
Akiskalos, the upcoming Managing Director has nine years of experience with the Carlsberg Group. In fact, he has led the company to return to double-digit growth and the highest reputational scores among all beer companies in Sweden.
As his time as the Managing Director of Carlsberg operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, Akriskalos transformed Hong Kong into the market leader by improving its profits significantly within three years.
In delivering his speech, Akriskalos expressed his gratefulness over the appointment and his future plans for the company,
“I am most honoured and humbled by this appointment because Malaysia, which covers Singapore and an associate company in Sri Lanka, is one of the top three markets in Asia, in terms of profitability and growth. Taking over the helm from Lars, my intent is to continue our growth with our strong brand portfolio and win with our winning customers.”