Participating CEOs

The following CEOs are participating in the programme this year

Cees de Jong

Cees De Jong, CEO, Chr. Hansen Group

In April 2013, Dutch Cees de Jong became CEO in Chr. Hansen Group and responsible for 2,700 employees, located in more than 30 countries.

Chr. Hansen delivers ingredients to food, dietary supplements, and feed products, and generated a turnover of DKK 6.4 bn in 2014/15.

Prior to joining Chr. Hansen, he held managerial and board positions within the biopharmaceutical and food industry, and served as COO of Dutch biotech company Crucell from 2007 until it was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2011.

Cees serves on a number of boards including the Dutch Supervisory Board of Quest International and the Supervisory Board of GreenChem BV.

He holds a degree in Medicine from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, combined with an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, and he began his career at Gist-Brocades (NL).

Henrik Burkal

Henrik Burkal, CEO, REMA 1000

Henrik Burkal has been the CEO of the Scandinavian supermarket chain REMA 1000 since 2005.

Before joining the fast-growing discount retail, Henrik spent 10 years in the IT conglomerate CCI and began his career with one of REMA 1000's biggest competitors, Netto.

Henrik has managed to grow the company in Denmark from 123 shops in 2005 to 284 and counting in 2017.

Beyond his role as CEO, Henrik sits in the global panel at World Economic Forum and is part of the board at BoConcept and Aarhus BSS.

Henrik has a degree in Marketing and an MBA from Aarhus University and The University of Southern Denmark.

Hentik Clausen

Henrik Clausen, CEO, Bang & Olufsen

Henrik Clausen took the seat as CEO for Bang & Olufsen in July 2016.

Before joining the Danish electronics company known for their beautifully designed speakers, Henrik has been a huge part of the expansion of the telecommunications company, Telenor. Most current, in the position as Executive Vice President and adviser to the company’s CEO.  

Since Henrik joined B&O in 2016, he has managed to put the company back on track and is aiming for a sales growth of 10% in 2018 based on his strategy focusing on growth and lean management.  

Henrik has a degree in civil engineering and an MBA from Insead.  

Henrik Poulsen

Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Ørsted

In 2012, Henrik Poulsen moved from a position as Managing Director in TDC, to take up the position as CEO of Ørsted, who recently changed their name from Dong Energy.

In 2016, the company was listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

Henrik manages around 6,700 ambitious employees engaged in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms; generating power and heat from our power stations; providing energy to residential and business customers.

Henrik has been involved with business development, marketing and innovation at large organizations such as LEGO, Novo Nordisk and McKinsey.

Henrik is also part of the Executive Committee at Dansk Industri and Kinnevik AB.

Henrik holds a degree in Finance and Accounting from Aarhus University.

Klaus Holse

Klaus Holse, CEO, SimCorp

Klaus Holse moved to SimCorp to take the position as CEO in 2012. Previously, Klaus held a position as Corporate VP in Microsoft.

To those of you who don’t know, SimCorp is the world’s leading provider of integrated investment management solutions. In other words, they make investments smarter.

Klaus has a lot of international leadership experience both from his time at Microsoft and the American IT company Oracle.

Klaus further holds positions on the board at LESSOR A/S and EG.

Klaus has a degree in computer science from the University of Copenhagen.

Malou Aamund

Malou Aamund, Country Director, Google

Malou Aamund moved from Microsoft Denmark to Google Denmark in December 2016, to take the role as Country Director.

Before her time in Microsoft, Malou was involved in politics as a Member of the Danish Parliament for over three years and she has been with IBM for seven years prior to her political career.

With her immense experience in tech, Malou is particularly focused on evolving on Google's digitalization agenda.

Malou also holds a position as Board Member in DeIC.

Malous is educated from CBS where she holds a degree in Economics.

Sheela Sogaard

Sheela Søgaard, CEO, Bjarne Ingels Group

Sheela Søgaard has been CEO of Bjarke Ingels Group since 2008. She currently lives in New York where she manages all global BIG offices office with a special focus on finances and expanding the organization.

Sheela’s focus at BIG has evolved over the past years from running a small office of 45 employees in Copenhagen to managing production and over 200 employees spread across locations in Denmark, New York, and Beijing.

Before joining BIG, Sheela has held leading positions in GN ReSound, been a Strategy Consultant in McKinsey and been part of Meyers international development as Business Development Manager.

Sheela holds a degree in Organizational Theory and Management from CBS.

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