Board of Directors & Executive Management

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Board of Directors
Henrik Gürtler*
Born 1953. CEO, Novo A/S. Chairman of the Board since 2000. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:
Copenhagen Airports A/S
COWI A/S

Member:
Novo Nordisk A/S

Special competencies
In-depth knowledge of Novozymes’ business and expertise in managing and working in an international biotechnology company
Kurt Anker Nielsen*
Born 1945. Vice Chairman of the Board. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Board since 2000. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:
Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S
Reliance A/S

Member:
The Novo Nordisk Foundation

Member and chairman of the audit committee:
Novo Nordisk A/S
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S

Special competencies
Expertise in financial and accounting matters, and in-depth knowledge of Novozymes’ business
Agnete Raaschou-Nielsen
Born 1957. Member of the Board since 2011. Elected for one year at a time.
 
Board positions
Chairman:
Brdr. Hartmann A/S
Pension Fund for Danish Lawyers and Economists

Vice Chairman:
Danske Invest

Member:
Danske Invest Management A/S
Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S
Arkil Holding A/S
Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP)

Member of the audit committee:
Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S
 
Special competencies
Business development and acquisitions, macroeconomic expertise, and particular expertise in intellectual property rights
Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen
Born 1955. President and CEO, Carlsberg A/S. Member of the Board since 2011. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:
JSC Baltika Breweries

Member:
Carlsberg Breweries A/S
Confederation of Danish Industry’s Permanent Committee on Business Policies
 
Special competencies
Acquisitions, international business and management, specifically in sales, marketing, and branding
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Lars Bo Køppler
Born 1962. Technician. Employee representative. Member of the Board since 2010. Elected for four years at a time.
Lena Olving
Born 1956. Deputy CEO and COO, Saab AB (Sweden). Member of the Board since 2011. Elected for one year at a time.
 
Board positions
Member and member of the audit committee:
SJ AB

Special competencies
International experience in supply chain, process optimization, and production, including financial and accounting expertise
Mathias Uhlén
Born 1954. Professor, the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), Stockholm (Sweden) and the Technical University of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, DTU). Member of the Board since 2007. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:
Antibodypedia AB
Atlas Antibodies AB

Vice Chairman:
Affibody AB

Member:
KTH Holding AB
Swetree Technologies AB
Nordiag ASA
Bure Equity AB

Special competencies
Broad experience in research and biotechnology
Paul Petter Aas
Born 1946. Senior Vice President, Yara International ASA (Norway). Member of the Board since 2000. Elected for one year at a time.

Special competencies
Extensive international management experience
Søren Henrik Jepsen
Born 1947. Regulatory Affairs Manager. Employee representative. Member of the Board since 2005. Elected for four years at a time.
Ulla Morin
Born 1954. Laboratory Technician. Employee representative. Member of the Board since 2001. Elected for four years at a time.
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* These board members are not regarded as independent in the sense of the definition contained in the Danish Recommendations on Corporate Governance.
Executive Management
Steen Riisgaard
Born 1951. President and CEO.

Board positions
Chairman:
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Denmark

Vice Chairman:
Egmont International Holding A/S
Rockwool International A/S

Member:
CAT Science Park A/S
ALK-Abelló A/S
Benny D. Loft
Born 1965. Executive Vice President and CFO.

Board positions
Member:

The Blue Planet
Xellia Pharmaceuticals AS
Peder Holk Nielsen
Born 1956. Executive Vice President, Enzyme Business.

Board positions
Member:
Hempel A/S
LEO Pharma A/S
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Per Falholt
Born 1958. Executive Vice President, Research & Development and CSO.

Board positions
Member:
DHI Group
ARTs Biologics A/S
Thomas Nagy
Born 1963. Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and COS.

Board positions
Member:
Danish-American Business Forum
American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark
Thomas Videbæk
Born 1960. Executive Vice President, BioBusiness.
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