COPENHAGEN Feb 27 Danish brewer Carlsberg
A/S named two woman to its board and said it was
seeking to promote more females to senior executive decisions,
as part of a more responsible corporate strategy and a push for
an increased global perspective.
The two new female board members are Donna Cordner,
non-executive director of Millicom International Cellular SA
, and Elisabeth Fleuriot, senior vice president for
emerging markets and vice president at Kellogg Co.
The group said it was the first time it had nominated women
to its boardroom.
"These new appointments will provide us with even more
international ... experience, as well as further reinforcing our
commitment towards corporate social responsibility", Chairman
Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen said in a statement.
Other appointments included Soren-Peter Fuchs Olesen, who
will take the board position being vacated by the retiring
Krogsgaard-Larsen. Olesen is a member of the board of directors
of the Carlsberg Foundation -- a charitable trust which holds
the majority of the company's shares -- and the supervisory
board of the Carlsberg Laboratory, where new products are
The female recruitment bias reflects moves in other
countries to increase the number of women in executive
positions. Norway for instance has quotas requiring a minimum
level of female representation on boards.
Carlsberg, whose board currently consists of 12 men, of
which five are professors in fields ranging from geography to
German, said its board should consist of at least 40 percent
women by 2015.
It also said at least 50 percent of the board should have
significant international experience.
While the board has previously included employee-elected
female board members, it would be the first time external women
candidates had been proposed, the brewer said.
(Reporting by Mette Fraende; Editing by David Holmes)