Board of Directors & Executive Management

The Board of Directors and Executive Management have different competencies to ensure the best possible management of the company. Members possess broad international management experience, thorough biotech expertise and in-depth knowledge of Novozymes’ business.

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 Holding 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 since 2000. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:

Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S

Member:
The Novo Nordisk Foundation
Novo Nordisk A/S
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S

Chairman of the audit committee:
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S

Member of the audit committee:
Novo Nordisk A/S

Special competencies:
Expertise in capital markets, financial and accounting matters, and in-depth knowledge of Novozymes’ business



Agnete Raaschou-Nielsen

Born 1957. Member of the Board since 2011. Member of the Audit Committee. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:

Brdr. Hartmann A/S
Pension Fund for Danish Lawyers and Economists

Deputy Chairman:
Danske Invest

Member:
Danske Invest Management A/S
Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S
Arkil Holding A/S
Solar A/S
Schouw & Co. A/S
Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program under the Ministry of Climate and Energy

Member of the audit committee:
Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S

Special competencies:
Expertise in business development and acquisitions, macroeconomics and 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:
Expertise in acquisitions, international business and management, specifically in sales, marketing and branding

* These board members are not regarded as independent in the sense of the definition in the Danish Recommendations on Corporate Governance that apply to Danish listed companies.

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 Chief Operating Officer, Saab AB. Member of the Board since 2011. Member of the Audit Committee. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Member:

SJ AB

Member of the audit committee:
SJ AB

Special competencies:
Expertise in financial and accounting matters, and broad experience in supply chain management, process optimization and production

Mathias Uhlén

Born 1954. Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Member of the Board since 2007. Elected for one year at a time.

Board positions
Chairman:

Atlas Antibodies AB
Antibodypedia AB

Deputy Chairman:
Affibody AB

Member:
Swetree Technologies AB
Bure Equity AB

Special competencies:
Broad experience in research and biotechnology


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.

Board positions
Member:

The Novo Nordisk Foundation

Executive Management

Steen Riisgaard

Born 1951. President and CEO.

Board positions
Chairman:

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Denmark
ALK-Abelló A/S

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

Member:
CAT Science Park A/S

Member of the audit committee:
ALK-Abelló A/S

Benny D. Loft

Born 1965. Executive Vice President and CFO.

Board positions
Deputy chairman:

The Blue Planet

Member:
DONG Energy A/S
Xellia Pharmaceuticals AS

Member of the audit committee:
DONG Energy A/S

Peder Holk Nielsen

Born 1956. Executive Vice President, Enzyme Business.

Board positions
Member:
Hempel A/S
LEO Pharma A/S
Beta Renewables S.p.A.

Member of the audit committee:
Beta Renewables S.p.A.

Per Falholt

Born 1958. Executive Vice President, Research & Development and CSO.

Board positions
Chairman:
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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.

Board positions
Member:

Evolva AG

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