• Niels Jacobsen

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  • Chief Executive Officer

    (born 1957)

    Niels Jacobsen holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from Aarhus University. He has extensive leadership experience from major international companies. His competencies include business management and in-depth knowledge of financial matters, accounting, risk management and M&A. He has broad experience from the global healthcare industry.

     
  • Other directorships



    • KIRKBI A/S, deputy chairman

    • Nissens A/S, chairman

    • Thomas B. Thrige Foundation, chairman

     
  • Group-related directorships



    • Demant A/S, deputy chairman

    • Össur hf., chairman

    • Jeudan A/S, chairman

    • Vision RT, chairman

    • Boston Holding A/S, board member

    • Founders A/S, chairman

    • Sennheiser Communications A/S, board member

    • HIMPP A/S, chairman

     
  • Lars Nørby Johansen

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  • Chairman

    (born 1949)

    Lars Nørby Johansen received a Master of Social Sciences degree and began his career as a lecturer in political science at the University of Odense. Later he became a researcher. In 1998, he was appointed managing director of Falcks Redningskorps and Falck Holding. He stayed with Falck until 2005; From 1995 he was CEO, from 2000 also President for Group 4 Falck and Group Falck Securicor. Lars Nørby Johansen was a member of the William Demant Holding A/S board of directors 1998-2017, where he served as deputy chairman in the period 2004-2007 and chairman of the board in the period 2008-2017.

     
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    • Member of the Board since 2017

    • Up for election in 2019

    • Special qualifications including extensive international experience as a corporate executive, including vast board experience from listed companies, and profound knowledge of the challenges resulting from globalisation and not least industrial policy

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in the Oticon Foundation and the William Demant Invest Group in 2017: DKK 1,150,000.

     
  • Other directorships



    • Codan A/S and one subsidiary, chairman

    • Dansk Vækstkapital I, chairman

    • Copenhagen Airports A/S, chairman

    • Montana Møbler A/S, chairman

    • University of Southern Denmark, chairman

    • The Rockwool Foundation, chairman

    • Arp-Hansen Hotel Group A/S, deputy chairman

    • Fonden for Entreprenørskab – Young Enterprise, chairman

    • William Demant Foundation, chairman

     
  • Jesper Brandgaard

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  • Deputy Chairman

    (born 1963)

    Jesper Brandgaard holds an MSc in Economics and Auditing, as well as an MBA, both from Copenhagen Business School. Experience from executive management in Novo Nordisk A/S, the global pharmaceutical company, including responsibility for strategy development and implementation, information technology, legal and finance. 17 years of CFO experience. He served 11 years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SimCorp A/S, the leading provider of software solutions to the global asset management industry.

     
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    • Elected to the Board in 2019

    • Up for election in 2020

    • Special qualifications within management of global and market-leading industrial businesses with a high share of product development as well as board experience from various business areas

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in the William Demant Foundation and the William Demant Invest Group in 2018: DKK 0.00.

  • Other directorships



    Chr. Hansen Holding A/S, deputy chairman

    Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation Council (Switzerland), president

    • William Demant Foundation, board member

    Vækst Partner Kapital, member of advisory board

     
  • Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack

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  • Board member

    (born 1961)

    Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack graduated from Copenhagen Business School and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategy and Innovation from Columbia Business School, New York, from 1988. In 1987-1990, she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, followed by the position of marketing director at Egmont Juvenile in 1990-1994 and CEO of Egmont Imagination in 1995-1996. In 1998-1999, she was the executive of Nordisk Film A/S. From 1999 to 2002, she was the co-founder of Haburi.com. Since 2005, Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack has been managing partner in SEED Capital Denmark and in the period 2003-2017 the managing director of Pre-Seed Innovation A/S.

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    • Member of the Board since 2012

    • Re-elected in 2017, up for election in 2019

    • Special qualifications within the area of business strategy, development as well as innovation in various industries incl. the medical field

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in the Oticon Foundation and the William Demant Invest Group in 2017: DKK 350,000.

     

     

     
  • Other directorships



    • Expanite Technology A/S, board member

    • Tivoli A/S, board member

    • DVCA, board member

    • The Mary Foundation, board member

    • OrderYoyo A/S, board member

    • VEO ApS, board member

    • William Demant Foundation, board member

     
  • Peter Straarup

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  • Board member

    (born 1951)

    Peter Straarup received a diploma in Business Economics at Copenhagen Business School in 1979. He joined Danske Bank, Fredericia, in 1968. In 1975, he was hired as arbitrage dealer in Danske Bank in Copenhagen, and in 1976-1977 he worked as the manager of Loan Administration at Scandinavian Bank Ltd. in London. Peter Straarup was appointed vice president of Danske Bank in 1980 and he worked both in Denmark and abroad, including Singapore and New York, until 1986 when he was appointed director of Danske Bank. In 1998, he was appointed managing director and held this position until his retirement in 2012.

     
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    • Member of the Board since 2012

    • Re-elected in 2018, up for election in 2020

    • Special qualifications within management of financial businesses and business acquisitions in a global context

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in the Oticon Foundation and the William Demant Invest Group in 2017: DKK 350,000.

     
  • Other directorships



    • Knud Højgaards Fond, board member

    • Højgaard Ejendomme A/S, board member

    • William Demant Foundation, board member

  • Niels B. Christiansen

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  • Board member

    (born 1966)

    Niels B. Christiansen holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France. His international experience from the management of major, global, industrial hi-tech corporations is comprehensive. He has extensive board experience from listed companies as well as comprehensive insight into industrial policy.

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    • Member of the Board since 2019

    • Up for election in 2020

    Extensive board experience from listed companies as well as comprehensive insight into industrial policy

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in the William Demant Foundation and the William Demant Invest Group in 2018: DKK 350,000.

     

     

     
  • Other directorships



    • LEGO A/S, CEO

    • Demant A/S, chairman

    • William Demant Foundation, deputy chairman

    • A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S, board member