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  • Niels Jacobsen

     

     
  • 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

    • ABOUT YOU Holding GmbH, deputy chairman

     
  • Group-related directorships



    • Demant A/S, deputy chairman

    • Össur hf., chairman

    • Vision RT, chairman

    • Jeudan A/S, chairman

    • Boston Holding A/S, deputy chairman

    • Founders A/S, chairman

    • Sennheiser Communications A/S, board member

     
  • Lars Nørby Johansen

     

     
  • 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

    • Re-elected in 2020, up for election in 2021

    • 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 William Demant Foundation and William Demant Invest in 2019: DKK 1,050,000.

     
  • Other directorships



    • Codan A/S and Codan Forsikring, chairman

    • Dansk Vækstkapital, chairman

    • Copenhagen Airports A/S, chairman

    • Montana Møbler A/S, 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

     

     
  • 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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    • Member of the Board since 2019

    • Re-elected in 2020, up for election in 2021

    • Special qualifications within the area of group management in a multinational pharmaceutical company, including responsibility for strategy development and implementation, information technology, as well as financial and accounting experience

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in William Demant Foundation and William Demant Invest in 2019: DKK 337,500.

  • Other directorships



    Chr. Hansen Holding A/S, deputy chairman

    Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation Council (Switzerland), president

    • Vækst Partner Kapital, member of advisory board

    William Demant Foundation, board member

     
  • Niels B. Christiansen

     

     
  • 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. He was employed as CEO of Danfoss during the period 2008-2017 and since 2017, he has been employed as CEO of LEGO A/S. Niels B. Christiansen is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Demant A/S, where he has served since 2008.

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    • Member of the Board since 2019

    • Re-elected in 2020, up for election in 2021

    • Special qualifications within international business management of major, global, industrial hi-tech corporations, including extensive board experience from listed companies as well as comprehensive insight into industrial policy

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in William Demant Foundation and William Demant Invest in 2019: DKK 406,250.

     
  • Other directorships



    • LEGO A/S, CEO

    • William Demant Foundation, deputy chairman

    • Demant A/S, chairman

     
  • ANNA CECILIA FRELLSEN

     

  • BOARD MEMBER

    (born 1973)

    Anna Cecilia Frellsen graduated from Copenhagen Business School in 1996 and worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the US for a few years followed by an MBA from IESE in Barcelona in 2002. Between 2002-2009, she worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and thereafter as CEO of InsidePeople. Since 2013, Anna has been the CEO of Maternity Foundation and led the transition from a smaller well established organization in West Ethiopia to a global player within maternal and newborn health. Hereunder, she has led the scale up the mobile health tool, The Safe Delivery App, across sub Saharan Africa and Asia.

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    • Elected to the Board in 2020

    • Up for election in 2021

    • Special qualifications within global health, growth strategy, digital health and philanthropy.

    • Considered independent Board member.

  • OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS



    Ovacure, board member

    Center for Ledelse, board member

    Bryd Tavsheden, deputy chairman

    William Demant Foundation, board member

  • Peter Straarup

     

     
  • 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 2020, up for election in 2021

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

    • Considered independent Board member

    • Total fee in William Demant Foundation and William Demant Invest in 2019: DKK 350,000.

     
  • Other directorships


     

    • William Demant Foundation, board member