Carlsberg appoints new head of Group Supply Chain

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Carlsberg on Thursday announced that, as of June 1 2011, Peter Ernsting will be joining the company as Senior Vice President, Group Supply Chain, and be a member of Carlsberg’s Executive Committee. Peter Ernsting takes over from Kasper Madsen who has decided to pursue his career outside the company.

During the last 8 years under Kasper Madsen’s leadership, Carlsberg’s supply chain has been undergoing significant changes. Starting with the Operational Excellence projects in 2003 and continuing with implementing Lean and optimising the brewery structures in Europe, Carlsberg’s supply chain has become increasingly more efficient.

Peter Ernsting will continue this process, taking the next steps to ensure that Carlsberg reaches the service and efficiency levels of the best in class FMCGs .

Peter Ernsting was previously Chairman of the Unilever Supply Chain Company AG, where he was leading the total end-to-end supply chain of Unilever in Europe responsible for around 20,000 people located across 69 factories and with an overall P&L responsibility of EUR 8 billion. Prior to this, Peter Ernsting managed Unilever’s supply chain organisation in Asia and Russia. Peter Ernsting (52) is Chemical Engineer by education and started his career within Food R&D and manufacturing.

Commenting on this announcement, J?rn P. Jensen, CFO and deputy CEO says: “I would like to thank Kasper for his very significant contributions during his many years with Carlsberg and I wish him all the best in his future career. I look forward to working with Peter, whose valuable international experience at Unilever will be of great value to Carlsberg as we continue to develop our organisation.”

Kasper Madsen added: “I have been with the company now for more than 20 years. I started as a very young Brewer and Chemical Engineer and have been part of a huge change journey in the company, so I feel that now is the right time for me to go out and try something else.”