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Family drama in Harboe cost millions

The last months of family drama in the top of the Harboe Brewery has left a costly expense to the company and the shareholders.

First came the powerful director Bernd Griese, and nominated his physiotherapist-trained daughter Karina Harboe Laursen as the successor. But just three months later smoke her out again.

instead, it was Søren Malling, who is married with Karina Harboe Laursens sister, inserted as a director.

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Karina Harboe Laursen had been chosen to succeed his father Bernd Griese in Harboe's "director's chair". But it lasted only three months. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

The awkward process meant that Harboe – which already was hard-pressed financially - last year used the entire 14.5 million dollars on directors ' remuneration. A tripling compared to the year before.

- It is difficult to come to any other conclusions than that Bernd Griese using the Harboe as its own business-a children's playground. The brewery is certainly not a good example on how to run a professional company, create value and nurture the interests of shareholders. On the contrary, says Per Hansen, investeringsøkonom at Nordnet.

last week came Harboe out with a deficit of 42 million crowns for the most recent fiscal year, and the stock price has fallen like a stone for several years.

Bernd Griese is not returned in the Additional Magazine's inquiries.

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It came as a shock to the outside world as familiedramaet in Harboe suddenly broke loose in december 2019.

a Few months earlier, 46-year-old Karina Harboe Laursen taken over direktørposten by a large and well-attended reception in the headquarters in Skælskør.

’She can bring in new ideas’, echoed the words of praise from dad Bernd Griese in the connection.

But three months later she was so switched out again, and in the same context, took the father again grip on power in the brewery, when he was inaugurated as president.

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Karina Harboe Laursen signed in connection with his exit in Harboe a tavshedsklausul, which prevents her to speak about the brewery in a full year. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

The official explanation of the breach was ’strategic disagreement’, which Bernd Griese elaborated a little bit in the last week, where Harboe came out with a disappointing financial result.

’There was disagreement in the leadership about how our strategy should be implemented. It created unrest and uncertainty – both internally and in relation to our customers – which we had to respond to. Therefore, the board of directors in the month of december to appoint a new board,’ he writes in the financial statements.

Karina Harboe Laursen has been muted until the end of the year, and she has not returned in the Additional Magazine's inquiries. It is therefore to be seen whether she agrees with her father's laying of the breach.

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Bernd Griese and three of his daughters sits on 16 percent of the shares in Harboes bryggeri. The remaining 84 percent is owned by other shareholders.

the Family has, however, the so-called A-shares, which give them more than 50 percent of the vote – and thus power – in the company.

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Bernd Griese has in recent months been hotly criticized to gratify themselves at the expense of the other shareholders in Harboe. Photo: Mik Eskestad

The power has especially Bernd Griese according to the investeringsøkonom Per Hansen used to prioritise its own and the family's interests over the interests of the shareholders.

- I suspect not Bernd Griese to impair the company's values with commitment. But one can rightly ask, if the interests of that has been the most important thing for him. There is nothing to suggest that it has been shareholders, he says.

In the graphics below you can see examples of the mixing of Bernd Grieses and Harboe interests.

Total kasketforvirring in Harboes bryggeri

Golf sponsorship

Harboe is the main sponsor of the Korsør Golf club, where Bernd Griese (th.) is vice-president. PR photo

Millionerne

Since 2001, Harboe bought bl.a. 'goods', 'services' and 'material assets' of Bernd Grieses companies for more than 300 million dollars.
Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Football

FC Vestsjælland was a brainchild of Bernd Griese (center). Harboe was both storsponsor and shareholder in the club, which went bankrupt in 2015.
Photo: Lars Rønbøg/Ritzau Scanpix

Ejendomshandlerne

In the summer of 2016 bought Harboe two properties - bl.a. this white house - for € 7.5 million. kr. by Bernd Griese.
Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan

the Artwork

Harboe bought a 3.5 metre high sculpture made of the deceased prince Henry, who was a close friend of Bernd Griese. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan

Heirs

In 2019 conferred Bernd Griese president's office to his own daughter Karina Harboe Laursen is a trained physiotherapist. Three months later, she was replaced by his brother-in-law.
Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Café-loan

Harboe has borrowed an amount of money to a cafe in strandbyen Kobæk. It is located 400 metres from Bernd Grieses cottage, and the owner has a relationship with his family. Photo: Per Rasmussen

Gifts

Harboe has bestowed on dragon boats to crown prince Frederik and prince Henrik, who was a close friend of Bernd Griese (th.). In 2008 the brewery was appointed royal purveyor. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

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