Nils S Andersen, Maersk
From Denmark, Andersen trained as an economist and joined AP Moller Maersk in 2007 as CEO after a career as a controller with Nordic Sugar and the Carlsberg brewery group through the 1980s and 90s.
At Carlsberg he Executive Vice President and then CEO of breweries in Spain and Germany.
He spent two years on the executive board of HERO consumer foods in Switzerland, before returning to Carlsberg in 1999 to lead a number of acquisitions, market entries and group-wide initiatives.
His work is said to have turned around the financial performance of the Carlsberg group and strengthened its global position.
At Maersk, he fronted a transformation process which led to a more focused portfolio, a leaner organisation and increased competitiveness. The group’s transparency and communication with stakeholders also increased.