Mærsk Line’s CEO Søren Skou is to replace Nils S Andersen as the CEO of the AP Møller – Mærsk group on July 1.
Andersen is to leave the Maersk Group, having worked for the company since 2005.
Skou (pictured) has worked for AP Møller – Mærsk since 1983 and has been Mærsk Line’s CEO since 2012. He will remain in the position in addition to being the group’s CEO.
Mærsk’s board has asked the new management to “investigate the strategic and structural options to further increase agility and synergies”. Earlier today, Splash broke the news that Korean line Hyundai Merchant Marine is in negotiations with Mærsk and MSC to join the 2M container-shipping alliance.
Michael Pram Rasmussen, the Danish group’s chairman of the board, said Skou is “a respected and knowledgeable leader with the ability to adapt quickly to market changes”.
“The fast-paced changes of this world demand that we can adapt quickly, easily and at a minimal cost while retaining the focus on each business unit. Our future set-up must effectively respond to these challenges” Skou commented.