Torm’s Meldgaard takes over at Danish Shipping

The CEO of Torm, Jacob Meldgaard, has been elected chairman of the of Danish Shipping at the shipowner organisation’s general meeting. He will be taking over from Niels Smedegaard, who announced in April that he will be stepping down from the helm of DFDS and therefore also his post as chairman of Danish Shipping.

“I am thrilled and proud to have been elected chairman of Danish Shipping. It is an honour and privilege to join the ranks of the talented individuals who have held the post before me,” Meldgaard said yesterday.

There has also been a changing at the guard in the vice-chairman post. Following A.P. Møller – Mærsk’s decision to offload its oil activities, vice CEO of A.P. Møller – Maersk and CEO of the energy division, Claus Hemmingsen, has resigned after nearly four decades in the company. He is therefore also resigning from Danish Shipping’s board of directors. Søren Toft, Maersk’s COO takes over Hemmingsen’s position at the influential shipowning body.

Christian Ingerslev, CEO of Maersk Tankers, and Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS, were also elected board members yesterday.

“Blue Denmark accounts for roughly 25% of Denmark’s total exports and makes a contribution to growth and employment in all of Denmark. I am certain that this new and strong board of directors, together with the other members of the organisation and secretariat, will be able to maintain and build upon the our current position so that we will continue to count ourselves among the world’s largest shipping nations,” said Meldgaard.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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