Benny D. Loft appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Novozymes

Novozymes is pleased to announce the appointment of Benny D. Loft as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Novozymes, replacing Per Månsson, who died on November 17.

Benny D. Loft brings to Novozymes’ executive management team broad experience within the areas of finance, acquisitions, business development, corporate responsibility, and sustainability.

Steen Riisgaard, CEO and President of Novozymes, says, “I’m very pleased that we have been able to promote someone internally to this very important and strategic position. Benny is an extremely competent and valuable leader, who inspires his departments and loves a challenge. He is known for his openness, sense of justice and competitive streak. I look forward to working even more closely with Benny now that he has become a member of the Executive Management Group.”


Benny D. Loft holds a master’s degree in accounting, tax and auditing from Copenhagen Business School and became a State-Authorised Public Accountant in 1996.

Prior to joining Novo Nordisk in 1998, Benny spent a decade with Price Waterhouse, where he served as consultant and auditor for Novo Nordisk, among others. Benny joined Novo Nordisk in 1998 as director for Consolidated Accounts, Group Taxation & Tax Planning, and Stocks & Production Economy.

Benny D. Loft was actively involved in the demerger of Novo Nordisk and Novozymes, participating in de-merger steering committee meetings, and was, among other things, responsible for the division of the two companies’ consolidated accounts and corporate tax.  During the same period, he was responsible for building Novozymes’ finance department.

Since Novozymes’ launch in 2000, Benny has served not only as Vice President for Finance, but also worked on acquisitions and negotiations, and as part of several key steering groups dealing with ethics, sustainability and business development. Benny D. Loft is 41 years of age.