Van den Brink, who is currently president Asia-Pacific region and executive team member, will take over his responsibilities from current Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer, who steps down after 15 years at the helm.
Van den Brink has worked for Heineken for 22 years. According to the Amsterdam-based brewer he has successfully built “high-performing teams” in both developed and developing markets.
He will be appointed as a member of the executive board at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders on 23 April 2020.
The news comes as Heineken revealed its best volume sales in over a decade, up 8.3%, with more than 40 countries delivering double-digit growth. Net revenue saw organic growth rise by 5.6% and net revenue per hectolitre increase by 3.3%. The company said it had continued its strong performance in the second half, with growth driven by robust pricing and a focus on premiumisation.
“The supervisory board conducted a thorough succession process and is very happy to unanimously nominate Dolf van den Brink as the new chairman of the executive board and CEO of Heineken N.V,” said Jean-Marc Huët, chairman of the supervisory board.
Jean-François van Boxmeer said: “It is my absolute pleasure to be handing the helm to Dolf. His ability to lead teams, grow our brands and business, in a responsible way, is nothing short of impressive. I am certain that, under his leadership, the company is in the best of hands to continue to grow.”
Heineken added that its successful roll-out of its alcohol-free 0.0 beer brand meant it was now available in 57 markets.
It predicted operating profits to grow by mid-single digits on an organic basis during 2020, “barring major negative macro-economic and political developments”.
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