Heinken has announced that Nico Nusmeier, its regional president central and eastern Europe, will leave the company at the start of next year to be succeeded by Jan Derck van Karnebeek, its current managing director of Romania. In his new role, van Karnebeek will be based in Vienna as a member of Heineken’s executive committee, reporting to Jean-François van Boxmeer, the group’s chairman. Van Boxmeer said: “Throughout his long successful career with Heineken, Nico has always been a strong, professional colleague, making a significant contribution and positive difference to our business. Under his leadership as regional president, central and eastern Europe has grown considerably through organic growth, M&A and innovations, transforming the region into an important platform for future growth. Nico leaves with our thanks for his contribution to the success of our company. “We are fortunate to have someone as talented and experienced as Jan Derck to take over from Nico. Throughout his career, Jan Derck has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead teams and generate growth. His business understanding and his leadership capabilities will be important assets as he builds regional growth in the coming years.”