HEINEKEN N.V. to propose changes to Supervisory Board
Amsterdam – 1 November 2011 – HEINEKEN N.V. announced today that it will propose to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM), to be held on 19 April 2012, to appoint Mr Hans Wijers as member of its Supervisory Board for a four year term. The intention is that Mr Wijers will become a member of the Audit Committee at the 2012 AGM and succeed Mr Kees van Lede as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the 2013 AGM.
Mr Wijers (1951), a Dutch citizen, is currently the Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of Akzo Nobel N.V., the world’s largest paints and coatings company and a major producer of speciality chemicals. He will retire from this position in April 2012. Before joining AkzoNobel, Mr Wijers was a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group and served as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government.
Mr Wijers is a graduate of the University of Groningen and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (where he received his PhD in economics). He is Non-Executive Director at Royal Dutch Shell PLC, a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and a Trustee of various charities.
To keep the HEINEKEN N.V. Supervisory Board to the agreed upon size of 10 members, Mr Jan Michiel Hessels will step down from the Supervisory Board at the AGM on 19 April 2012.
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HEINEKEN is one of the world’s great brewers and is committed to growth and remaining independent. The brand that bears the founder’s family name - Heineken - is available in almost every country on the globe and is the world’s most valuable international premium beer brand. The Company’s aim is to be a leading brewer in each of the markets in which it operates and to have the world’s most valuable brand portfolio. The Company is present in over 70 countries and operates 140 breweries with volume of 205 million hectolitres of beer sold on a pro-forma basis. HEINEKEN is Europe’s largest brewer and the world’s third largest by volume.
The Company is committed to the responsible marketing and consumption of its more than 200 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. These include Heineken, Amstel, Birra Moretti, Cruzcampo, Dos Equis, Foster’s, Kingfisher, Newcastle Brown Ale, Ochota, Primus, Sagres, Sol, Star, Strongbow, Tecate, Tiger and Zywiec. On a 2010 pro-forma basis, including FEMSA Cerveza, revenue totalled €17 billion and EBIT (beia) was €2.7 billion. The average number of people employed is more than 70,000. HEINEKEN N.V. and HEINEKEN Holding N.V. shares are listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on the Reuter Equities 2000 Service under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. Most recent information is available on HEINEKEN's website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com.