Press Release | 25 February 2019


On 28 February, Henriette H. Thygesen, SVP and CEO of world leading towage operator Svitzer, chairman of Damco Forwarding and member of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Extended Leadership Team, reaches a significant milestone as she has been with Maersk for 25 years.

Copenhagen, 25 February 2019 – On 28 February, Henriette H. Thygesen, SVP and CEO of world leading towage operator Svitzer, chairman of Damco Forwarding and member of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Extended Leadership Team, reaches a significant milestone as she has been with Maersk for 25 years.

Henriette was promoted to the Extended Leadership Team of Maersk in September 2018. She joined Svitzer as CEO in September 2016, coming from leading roles in Damco, Maersk’s freight forwarding and logistics arm. At Damco, Henriette was VP and CEO for North Asia, and since became CEO of Damco Americas. Prior to Damco, Henriette held various management roles at Maersk Tankers and Maersk Oil.

“It has been an amazing journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 25 years with Maersk and am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with dedicated colleagues and customers across the world. Together, we have faced headwinds and challenges over the years and today the world, our industry and our customer’s needs and expectations are changing faster than ever. Maersk is re-defining itself and transforming accordingly, and I am truly proud to be part of this transformation,” said Henriette Thygesen.

In her current role as Svitzer CEO, Henriette continues to use her global experience to focus on sustained growth and leading commercial and safety performance for the global towage operator, that runs 440 vessels across 36 countries.

“I am very privileged to work with 4,000 dedicated towage colleagues on making ports and terminals across the world safer and more efficient for our customers, our employees and our partners. We want to stay ahead in Svitzer. As part of Maersk and as stand-alone towage operator we are determined to play an active role in shaping the future of our industry together with our customers and partners,” she said. 

Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk, said: “Today’s anniversary comes as testament to the commitment that Henriette has shown across all her roles in Maersk where she has consistently delivered solid results. With her transparent and visionary way of leading people and developing the business, Henriette plays an integral part in driving the transformation of Maersk and growing the non-Ocean part of our business.”

Henriette Thygesen holds a Master of Science, a PhD in Applied Mathematics, and an Executive MBA from Columbia University, New York and London Business School.


Michala Paulli
Global Head of Communications
Svitzer A/S
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