Ted Akiskalos appointed new Carlsberg Malaysia MD

PETALING JAYA: Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd has appointed Theodoros “Ted” Akiskalos (pic) as its managing director effective May 1 to replace Lars Lehmann who has been promoted to executive vice-president of Eastern Europe, Carlsberg A/S.

Akiskalos, 40, is the current managing director of Carlsberg Sweden. His leadership saw a return to growth in top-and bottom-line in all categories of beer, soft drinks and water for Carlsberg in Swedene was also the former managing director for Carlsberg Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Prior to joining the Carlsberg Group, Akiskalos was an associate principal of McKinsey & Company based in Boston, United States.

Lehmann, 52, in his new role, includes the position as CEO of Baltika, Carlsberg Group’s company in Russia.

Carlsberg Malaysia chairman Datuk Wiliiam Toh Ah Wah said Lehman has delivered outstanding results for the company’s operations in Malaysia and Singapore over the last three years.
“Under his leadership, the Malaysia business had a record performance in 2018 with top-and bottom-line growth in all four quarters, whilst our Singapore operations have successfully been turned around and are now accelerating growth.

“I wish to congratulate Lars on his appointment to the ExCom of Carlsberg Group and thank him for his outstanding contributions in driving high-performing culture amongst our people as well as leading the company with a focus on great innovations, relevant consumer activations and excellent product quality. 

“He will be greatly missed by many colleagues, customers and shareholders alike as he takes on the Eastern Europe region and head the Russian business as CEO,” Toh said.
He added that Akiskalos, who will be succeeding Lehmann, had delivered excellent results in driving growth and leading various transformational projects throughout with nine years with the Carlsberg Group.

“Under his leadership as managing director, Carlsberg Sweden returned to growth in top-and bottom-line in all categories of beer, soft drinks and water whilst Carlsberg Hong Kong became the market leader and grew profits significantly,” said Toh.

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