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DSV Succession Plan Brings Changes

[ February 8, 2024   //   ]

Global freight forwarder DSV reported changes to its executive board and group executive committee, as part of its long-term succession planning.
Jens H. Lund, current group COO and vice CEO of DSV A/S, has assumed the role of group CEO, while Jens Bjørn Andersen steps down after more than 15 years leading the DSV Group.
Brian Ejsing has been appointed group COO of DSV A/S, will join the executive board. Ejsing has been CEO, DSV Solutions and part of the group executive committee since 2012. He started as a freight forwarder at DSV and has held senior management roles in several countries and in DSV’s road and solutions division.
Lund also said Ejsing has “an outstanding record in DSV,” and will be responsible for continued optimization of DSV’s processes and global network.
DSV’s executive board now comprises Lund as CEO, Ejsing as COO and Michael Ebbe as group CFO.
Thomas Plenborg, chairman of DSV A/S, said Andersen “has delivered incredible results and significant value for our shareholders since 2008, and on behalf of the board of directors.
Jens, he added, “has an innovative mindset and deep knowledge of our industry.”
Albert-Derk Bruin has been appointed CEO, DSV Solutions, succeeding Ejsing. Bruin was executive vice president, business strategy, excellence and change management in the solutions division. He joined DSV in 2010 and has been on the division’s executive management team since 2019.
Succeeding Lund as group COO is Morten Landry, who was managing director, Air & Sea United Kingdom and Ireland. He has been with the DSV group for more than 20 years.
Landry follows Rene Falch Olesen, who will step down after more than 40 years with DSV. He has been CCO and part of the group executive committee since 2009.

Air & Sea Division

Carsten Trolle, CEO, DSV Air & Sea, will step down May 1, after more than 39 years with DSV and nine years leading the Air & Sea division.
Frank Sobotka is appointed CEO, DSV Air & Sea. Formerly managing director and executive vice president for central eastern and southern Europe, Sobotka, a 34-year logistics veteran, has held senior managerial roles in several countries, and has been part of the division’s regional management team since 2018.
Carsten will continue in a central role and support the group with strategic projects.
Lund said Trolle was instrumental of developing the division through large integrations and challenging markets, while Olesen has played a role in developing DSV’s commercial organization and commercial support systems.
The group executive committee will consist of the executive board; Sobotka; CEO Søren Schmidt, DSV Road; Bruin; Landry; and Group CIO Jesper Riis.
In addition to the changes, divisional management teams will be expanded with a COO approach.

Jens H. Lund, Group COO and Vice CEO