New Danish CEO for Diethelm Malaysia

Mr. Niels Holm, currently in charge of Diethelm’s Food and Special Products Division in Thailand as well as Diethelm Trading, Siam Food Services and Customs Clearance Services has as of January 1, 2003 been promoted to President and Group Managing Director for Diethelm in Malaysia. In his new capacity, Mr. Niels Holm will among others be in charge of integrating EAC’s former businesses in Malaysia into the Diethelm organisation.
“I have just signed the Sales & Purchase agreement for Diethelm Malaysia’s acquisition of EAC’s consumer products and photo imaging businesses in Malaysia, and we will together with these businesses be taking over some 600 staff from EAC,” Mr. Niels Holm said on Monday 28 October.
As President and Group Managing Director of Diethelm Malaysia, Niels Holm will be in charge of the Diethelm, Harper, SiberHegner as well as now also the former EAC businesses in Malaysia. Integrating the former EAC activities into the Diethelm organisation is for Niels Holm almost like a return to his roots.
“I worked with EAC 23 years before joining Diethelm in Thailand,” Niels Holm says.
“During those years, I have already been posted twice to Malaysia, latest from 92-97 as Managing Director for EAC in Malaysia. Previously, I was 7 years in Hong Kong, 9 years in Malaysia, 1 ½ year in Singapore and 2 ½ years in Taiwan,” Niels Holm says, adding that he looks very much forward to again work together with many of his former colleagues from EAC Malaysia as well as colleagues that he already knows well in the Diethelm/Harper companies.”
Niels Holm and his wife Nellie will move to Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of the new year.
“We both have many friends there who we look forward to catch up with,” Niels Holm says.
Since Niels Holm arrived Thailand five years ago in April 1997, he has doubled five times the business volume of Diethelm’s food/special product division and subsequently been given the responsibility for two more Diethelm companies as well as been in charge of Diethelm’s acquisition of Siam Food Services.
“We have enjoyed very much our five and a half years in Thailand,” Niels Holm says.
“We will miss the hospitality, smiles and service mindedness of the Thais, the great restaurants in Bangkok, Nellie the shopping – not to mention all our many good friends here. I only regret that – because of my work habits – we havn’t had sufficient time to see enough of this amazing country, and also have not spent as much time with friends as we should have.”
“But we are committed to do better in this respect when in a few years time we return to Thailand,” he promises.
Nellie and Niels Holm were recently granted status as permanent residents of Thailand and plan to retain this for a future return to Thailand at the time of Niels’ retirement from active business – however hard this is to imagine.

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