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Tuesday 11 February, 2020


HEINEKEN Announces Departure of President Europe

HEINEKEN Announces Departure of President Europe

Amsterdam, 11 February 2020 – Heineken N.V. today announces that after 22 years with HEINEKEN, Stefan Orlowski, currently President Europe, has decided to leave HEINEKEN to pursue his private entrepreneurial interests outside the company.

Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of HEINEKEN, commented: “Leaving HEINEKEN has been a very personal decision for Stefan. He played a major role in the company, and he has been a member of my leadership team for a long time. I want to praise Stefan’s 22 years of service, during which he built an impressive track record of success in a variety of leadership roles. As President Europe, he contributed strongly to the HEINEKEN performance through his clear strategy focused on premium and innovation combined with continuous capability building, cost management and efficiency. He leaves HEINEKEN with our genuine great thanks and best wishes for the future.”

Joining HEINEKEN in 1998 as Sales, Marketing and Distribution Director for Zywiec in Poland, Stefan Orlowski then became Chief Operating Officer of Brau Union from 2003 until 2005. In 2005, he was appointed Managing Director of HEINEKEN Central and Eastern Europe. In 2007, Stefan became Group Commerce Director HEINEKEN. Between 2009 and 2013, he was Managing Director HEINEKEN UK where he achieved an impressive turnaround of the business. In 2013 Stefan Orlowski was appointed President Americas and member of the Executive Team. In 2015, Stefan took on his current role of President Europe.

Stefan Orlowski will leave before the summer, and his successor will be announced in due course.


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Notes to editors:
Stefan Orlowski – Resumé
1966, Australian nationality
Work Experience
2015 Regional President Europe Region & Global Executive Team member in the
2013 President Americas Region, & Global Executive Team member, in the United States
2009 Managing Director, Scottish & Newcastle Ltd., United Kingdom
2007 Group Commerce Director, Heineken NV, the Netherlands
2005 MD Central & Eastern Europe, Austria
2003 COO Brau Union, Austria
1998 VP Sales, Marketing, Distribution Zywiec Group SA, Poland
1995 GM & President of the MB, Warka Breweries Poland
1992 Legal & Administration Director Elbrewery, Poland
1998 Barristor & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Board Positions

2015 Zywiec Group SA, Chairman Supervisory Board, Poland
2015 Paulaner Group GmbH, Member of the Shareholder Committee, Germany
2015 Brewers of Europe VP, Board of Management, Belgium
2015 AIM, Board member, Poland
2016 – 2018 Leaseplan Supervisory Board Member, Chairman, Risk Committee, the  

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