Kasper Friis Nilaus is to succeed Henriette Thygesen as global CEO of the Maersk group’s global towage operator, Svitzer A/S, effective June 15. Nilaus, who is currently VP and Managing Director of Svitzer Europe, will continue to report to Thygesen in her capacity as CEO of Maersk Fleet and Strategic Brands. He will also continue to serve as MD Europe until a successor is appointed
“I am very pleased to see Kasper Friis Nilaus taking over as CEO,” said Thygesen. “Svitzer has a solid strategy in place and a number of exciting opportunities to respond to in the global market and I am confident that Kasper is the right person to continue Svitzer’s long history and to fulfill its potential going forward. During his 13 years with Svitzer, Kasper has continuously delivered sturdy commercial and operational results in his various roles. As CEO he brings to the table not only a profound understanding of the towage business, of safe and efficient operations and of our Svitzer people but also extensive commercial experience and a strong customer-oriented mindset. With Kasper at the helm, Svitzer is in very capable hands and in an exciting position to continue the growth trajectory and further strengthen the services we deliver to our customers. I look forward to continuing the good collaboration and support Kasper in this new setup.”
Nilaus joined Svitzer as Business Development Manager in 2007 and has since held various global and regional positions within commercial and general management. He holds a degree in law from Copenhagen University and an MBA from Nottingham University Business School.
“The success of Svitzer, its people and its customers are close to heart for me and I am very proud to be appointed CEO,” said Nilaus. “These are challenging times for Svitzer and the industry in general, but we have what it takes to succeed. Over the past years, we have come a long way and I am very excited about the opportunity to take the company to the next level, together with a strong and dedicated organization. Safe and efficient operations, strong customer relations and an innovative approach to towage and technology is the way forward and I am more than ready to roll up my sleeves and accelerate Svitzer’s trajectory in the years to come.”