Amsterdam, 26 March 2020 - Heineken N.V. today announces the appointments of Jacco van der Linden as President of the Asia Pacific region and Soren Hagh as President of the Europe region, both per 1 June 2020. Jacco van der Linden and Soren Hagh will join the HEINEKEN Executive Team per that same date.
Mr. Jacco van der Linden
Jacco van der Linden is currently Managing Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam and previously was Managing Director of HEINEKEN China. He joined HEINEKEN in 1999 and has held a number of senior international leadership roles in Commerce, in the UK, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Ireland.
Jacco van der Linden will succeed Dolf van den Brink, who is currently Regional President for Asia Pacific. As announced on 11 February 2020, Dolf van den Brink is nominated to be appointed as member of the Executive Board at the upcoming company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and to succeed Jean-François van Boxmeer as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO on 1 June 2020.
Mr. Alexander Koch
Alexander Koch, currently Commercial Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam, will succeed Jacco van der Linden as Managing Director HEINEKEN Vietnam per 1 June 2020. Prior to Koch’s current position, he was Managing Director HEINEKEN Ivory Coast. Alexander Koch joined HEINEKEN as a Commercial Management Trainee in 1997.
Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, commented: "Obviously, the key focus for us is on running the company through the current unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. With our first priority the health and well-being of our people. At the same time, we are preparing for the future with these appointments. I am very pleased with Dolf’s choice of Jacco van der Linden leading our Asia Pacific region, and Soren Hagh leading our Europe region, per 1 June 2020. Jacco & Soren have an outstanding track record delivering strong business results, and they both have great leadership, people and commercial skills. We are confident that Jacco and Soren will be very valuable in our Executive Team, and in leading the business and respective teams in their regions.
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