Carlsberg Malaysia recently welcomed their new Managing Director Ted Akiskalos with much fanfare and conveyed farewell wishes to outgoing Managing Director Lars Lehmann who has been promoted to the Executive Committee (ExCom) of Carlsberg A/S (Carlsberg Group) as Executive Vice President of Eastern Europe and also as CEO of Baltika, Carlsberg Group’s company in Russia from 1 May 2019 onwards.
Carlsberg Malaysia Welcomes New Managing Director Ted Akiskalos
It was a pleasure to be invited to “Goodbye Lars, Hello Ted” celebration held at Brixton23, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang. Around 350 customers, business partners and media guests were treated to an evening of sumptuous food while enjoying Carlsberg Malaysia’s portfolio of beers, stouts and ciders. We took the golden chance to convey our congratulations to Lehmann while getting to know Akiskalos for the first time.
Inspired by the concept of Brixton 23 after the “Kingsman” movie series, Lehmann and Akiskalos made a dapper appearance on stage, igniting a beer fountain with dazzling pyrotechnics in the spirit of semper ardens (Carlsberg’s motto in Latin meaning “always burning”) before joining Carlsberg Malaysia Chairman Datuk Toh Ah Wah, Independent Non- Executive Director Chew Hoy Ping, and the management team to thank guests for their continued support that saw the company through “Probably The Best Year” for the 2018 financial year.
Carlsberg Malaysia’s new Managing Director Ted Akiskalos has been with the Carlsberg Group since 2010 when he joined as Vice President of Group Strategy. Throughout his 9 years with the Carlsberg Group, he has a track record in driving growth and leading various transformational projects.
At 40 years of age, this will be Akiskalos’ third role as Managing Director within the Group. Prior to his posting to Malaysia, he was Managing Director of Carlsberg Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau from 2014, then of Carlsberg Sweden from 2016. Under his leadership as MD, Carlsberg Sweden returned to double-digit growth and improved reputational and engagement scores whilst Carlsberg Hong Kong became the market leader, built its premium portfolio and doubled its profits in 3 years.
Akiskalos said, “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.”
In delivering his farewell speech, Lehmann said, “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.”
Both the outgoing and new Managing Directors pledged the company’s commitment to continue delivering excellence in great innovations, excellent product quality and relevant consumer activations in the times ahead. For updates on their activation events, follow their Facebook Page closely at https://www.facebook.com/CarlsbergMY/.