Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen
Born 1955. Chairman of the Board since 2017. Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School. Member of the Audit Committee and chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Member of the Board since 2011. Elected for one year at a time.
Chairman: F. Uhrenholt A/S
Member: Smurfit Kappa Group, Advisory Board of Blazar Capital
International business and management expertise, specifically within sales, marketing, branding, acquisitions, and financial and accounting expertise.
Cees de Jong
Born 1961. Vice Chairman of the Board. Member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Member of the Board since 2020. Elected for one year at a time.
Chairman: Chairman of Mediq B.V., ForFarmers N.V. and A-Mansia Biotech.
Extensive international business and management experience from the food, food ingredient and industrial biotech industries.
Born 1971. CFO, Carlsberg A/S. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Board since 2020. Elected for one year at a time.
Chairman: Carlsberg Ejendomme Holding A/S and Carlsberg Global Business Services A/S
Member: Carlsberg Breweries A/S, Carlsberg Byen Komplementar ApS and Carlsberg Byen P/S.
Strong financial background and accounting expertise, as well as extensive experience in driving strategic results.
Born 1961. Former Senior Vice President, Global R&D, Bayer Consumer Health. Member of the Board since 2020. Elected for one year at a time.
Member: Mölnlycke Health Care.
Broad international experience in commercial research and innovation pipeline management.
Born 1965. CEO, Novo Holdings A/S. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Member of the Board since 2017. Elected for one year at a time.
Member: Novo Nordisk A/S, ConvaTec Plc
Broad experience within biotechnology, mergers and acquisitions, and financial and accounting expertise.
This board member is not regarded as independent in the sense of the definition in the Danish Recommendations on Corporate Governance that apply to Danish listed companies.
Born 1962. Head of International Commercial, Shire International GmbH. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Member of the Board since 2017. Elected for one year at a time.
Member: European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
Broad international commercial experience within sales and marketing, emerging markets, innovation pipeline management and sustainability.
Born 1954. Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Member of the Board since 2007. Elected for one year at a time.
Chairman: Atlas Antibodies AB, Antibodypedia AB, ScandiBio Therapeutics AB
Vice Chairman: Affibody Medical AB
Member: Bure Equity AB (publ. Sweden)
Broad experience in research and biotechnology.
Lena Bech Holskov
Born 1967. Employee representative.
Anders Hentze Knudsen
Born 1959. Employee representative.
Lars Bo Køppler
Born 1962. Employee representative.
President and CEO
Ester is an experienced international leader with a strong track-record.
Ester came to Novozymes after working as president for Dow’s Industrial Solutions business unit and a member of the executive leadership team. She joined Dow in 1995 as an engineer in Tarragona, Spain. In her years as Business President for Industrial Solutions, the business expanded the market, improved its market-leading position, delivered double-digit growth and strong earnings.
She holds a chemical engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Tarragona (Spain).
Executive Vice President and CFO
In-depth knowledge of the Novo Group’s business, international experience from managing global biotechnology and biopharma companies, and financial and accounting expertise.
Lars worked for Novo Nordisk A/S for 27 years where he headed up Business Services and Compliance, and – as EVP – was part of Novo Nordisk’s Executive Management team. Before assuming his current position, he was head of Finance & Operations for Novo Nordisk in North America. He was a member of Novozymes’ Board of Directors from 2014 and chairman of the Audit Committee until his appointment as EVP and CFO.
Tina Sejersgård Fanø
Executive Vice President, Agriculture & Bioenergy
Tina Sejersgård Fanø, born 1969, is responsible for application research, technical service, sales and marketing in the Agriculture & Bioenergy division.
Tina has been with Novozymes since she graduated as a chemical engineer from the Technical University of Denmark in 1993. She started as a trainee and worked her way up through the organization holding a number of positions in applied research, marketing and business development.
From 2013-2016 she was Vice President of Business Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Tina has significant experience in developing and managing global partnerships and has been instrumental in negotiating several major business deals for Novozymes over the years.
She currently serves as member of the board of DLF Seeds & Science and PPS A/S.
Executive Vice President, Food & Beverages
In a career that has moved from pure engineering to a strong focus on value generation for customers, Andrew previously served as Vice President of Enzyme Sales and Customer Solutions from 2007 to 2013, with responsibilities encompassing global sales, strategic accounts management and technical service strategy.
Andrew’s roots run deep in Novozymes, where he has extensive experience in the baking and beverage enzyme businesses. He has served as Marketing Director for the global Baking and Beverage Enzyme Business, with additional responsibility as General Manager for Novozymes Switzerland from 2003 to 2007.Earlier, he made the switch to Commercial Operations as a Global Marketing Manager for the Baking Enzyme division, based at Novozymes’ office in Dittingen, Switzerland.
A chemical engineer by training, Andrew migrated from production to marketing, starting out as a Production Engineer in the company’s Franklinton facility in the early 1990s, when the company was still a part of Novo Nordisk A/S. He held various management roles in production in North America, before moving to Novozymes’ production facility in Kalundborg, Denmark, to expand the Process Pilot Plant to mimic the capabilities in North Carolina.
Andrew holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Last updated February 2016
Executive Vice President, Household Care & Technical Industries
Anders Lund, born 1973, is responsible for application research, technical service, sales and marketing in the Household Care & Technical Industries division.
Anders has been with Novozymes since he graduated from Aarhus University, Denmark in 1999. In a career spanning several leadership positions, he has been in charge of Household Care Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Global Marketing. Most recently, he was Vice President of Business Operations, North and South America.
Anders has a strong commercial and strategic background and has been a significant part of shaping Novozymes’ strategies over the last 10 years. He also brings strong customer relationships, especially in the Household Care and Biofuel areas.
Last updated December 2016
Executive Vice President & COO for Research, Innovation & Supply
Previously, he developed diverse key functions within the organization, spanning both the commercial and operational side of the business. He was Vice President of Sales & Customer Solutions from 2005 to 2007 and served as Vice President for Supply Chain Operations from 2003 to 2005, where he helped build a global organization for Novozymes’ supply chain.
From 1998 to 2003, Thomas served as both Vice President for Cereal Food and Beverage Marketing and General Manager for Novozymes Switzerland.
Prior to joining Novozymes, Thomas worked for Novo Nordisk A/S, with roles including Director for Strategic Marketing, Food and Feed enzymes, where he set strategy for the food and feed industries. He also worked in a leadership position within the starch and textile businesses, the latter in the company’s U.S. operations.
Thomas holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), as well as a B.Com. in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.
He currently serves as member of the board of Evolva SA, and he is Vice Chairman of the Board of Albumedix A/S.
Last updated December 2016
Novozymes’ stock consists of two types: A and B shares. Both shares have a nominal value of DKK 2 per share, but an A share carries 10 times as many votes as a B share.
At year-end 2018, Novozymes had more than 55,000 shareholders, of whom 95% were private shareholders in Denmark. Fifty institutional investors, including Novo Holdings A/S, owned approximately 50% of the B shares. Roughly 70% of the B shares were held outside of Denmark. Novozymes held 3.9% of the B shares, equivalent to 3.2% of the total common stock. Novo Holdings A/S held 25.5% of the total common stock and, through its holding of the A stock and a proportion of the B stock (21,991,400 shares), controlled 71.7% of the votes. Novo Holdings A/S is wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and Novozymes is therefore included in the consolidated financial statements of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.