Who is new Maersk Group CEO Soren Skou?

By Tom Wadlow
Global supply chain giant Maersk has appointed a new CEO, Soren Skou, replacing Nils Anderson who had been in charge since 2007. Soren Skou has been em...

Global supply chain giant Maersk has appointed a new CEO, Soren Skou, replacing Nils Anderson who had been in charge since 2007.

Soren Skou has been employed with A.P. Moller - Mærsk since 1983 and has been member of the Executive Board of since 2006. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of Maersk Line, and will remain in this position in addition to his position as CEO for the Maersk Group.

“Soren has strong business acumen and thorough knowledge of the Group’s various businesses and has successfully restructured the businesses he has led. The Board of Directors knows Soren as a respected and knowledgeable leader with the ability to adapt quickly to market changes in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the executive management and his employees,” said Michael Pram Rasmussen, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors has tasked the new management to investigate the strategic and structural options to further increase agility and synergies. The Board of Directors will communicate on the progress before end of 3rd quarter 2016.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead A.P. Moller – Mærsk into the next phase of our strategic development. The fast-paced changes of this world demand that we can adapt quickly, easily and at a minimal cost while retaining the focus on each Business Unit. Our future set-up must effectively respond to these challenges,” commented Skou.

Soren Skou was also CEO of Maersk Tankers from 2001 to 2011. Besides a long experience as a board member and Chairman of the Board of Maersk Group companies, Soren Skou has also previously served on the Board of two listed companies.

He is a graduate of business administration from Copenhagen Business School, and further accomplished an MBA with honours from IMD, Switzerland. He is 51 years old, married to Lene Skou and has three children.

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