The supervisory board of the Dutch brewing company Heineken has announced the appointment of Dolf van den Brink as the firm’s new CEO.

It also announced the departure of Jean-François van Boxmeer, who served as the chairman of the executive board and CEO of the company for 15 years.

Boxmeer joined Heineken in 1984 as a management trainee, and in 2001 he was appointed member of the executive board in 2001.

In 2005, Boxmeer was appointed chairman of the executive board and CEO of Heineken.

Boxmeer said: “It has been a great privilege and honour to lead Heineken and to work with so many great people from all over the world over the past three decades. I feel now is the right moment to hand over leadership to the next generation.

“I am proud of what we have achieved together and I would like to thank the Supervisory Board, my fellow Executive Board member Laurence Debroux and the Executive Team for their support and confidence. I would also like to thank all our employees, who make our business great every day.

Dolf van den Brink is currently working as Heineken Asia Pacific region president and executive team member.

Brink has been associated with the company for more than two decades and is said to have built high performing teams in both developed and developing markets.

Brink will assume the new role and responsibilities from Boxmeer on 1 June.

Boxmeer added: “It is my absolute pleasure to be handing the helm to Dolf. His ability to lead teams, grow our brands and business, in a responsible way, is nothing short of impressive.

“I am certain that under his leadership the company is in the best of hands to continue to grow. I look forward to working with Dolf in delivering a smooth transition.”