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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 & BeveragesAndrew Fordyce, born 1963, is Executive Vice President for Food & Beverages. Andrew’s role is to grow established industries by using Novozymes’ technological capabilities to best meet customers’ business needs.
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
Claus Crone Fuglsang
CSO, Senior Vice President, Research & TechnologyNovozymes spends 13 % on R&D and Claus Crone Fuglsang is responsible for driving Novozymes’ core research and technology development.
Claus Crone Fuglsang is responsible for driving Novozymes’ core research and technology development.
The Research & Technology unit expands and maintains Novozymes’ world-class competencies and technologies for the discovery and engineering of proteins, enzymes and microbial strains to create a greater customer impact across all Novozymes’ industries.
Prior to his current position, Claus headed Novozymes’ bioenergy research, which consists of a portfolio of projects with more than 150 employees.
Claus played a big part in the development of the first commercial enzymes for the production of cellulosic ethanol, Novo-zymes’ Cellic® Ctec range, as well as new innovations and breakthroughs for the starch-based ethanol industry.
Claus started as a research scientist at Novozymes in 1993 and has experience from several leadership roles in R&D in Denmark and the U.S.
Claus has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School.
Claus Stig Pedersen
Head of Corporate Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEAClaus is leads sustainability and public affairs in Novozymes to help our customers make their business more sustainable by using Novozymes’ solutions.
Sustainability is front and center of Novozymes’ purpose and strategy.
Novozymes works closely with its customers and partners to make innovative and profitable solutions that enable better lives for people with less environmental impact.
Throughout his career, Claus has been driven by the vision of combining “good for the world” with “good for business” and by being an employee at Novozymes, a global sustainability leader, he lives that vision every day.
Claus holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Management and he is appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg. Through his university engagements, he eagerly contributes to the development of future leaders.
Claus has been professionally engaged in sustainability for more than 25 years and he was one of the pioneers in the development of LCA methodologies and sustainability concepts for business.
Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group.
Claus Stig Pedersen represents Novozymes in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative and he is serving in the Sustainability Council to the company Ingersoll Rand.
Previously, Claus has served on sustainability boards and councils to Walmart, Procter & Gamble and The Sustainability Consortium.
Novozymes has received numerous recognitions for leadership in sustainability, including number one rankings in Dow Jones World, the STOXX Sustainability Indexes and the Carbon Disclosure project.
Rasmus von Gottberg
Vice President, Food & Beverages Global Marketing
Since 2014, Rasmus is Vice President, Food & Beverages Global Marketing. As such he oversees global marketing activities as well as strategy, growth and profitability outlook as well as business development and new product development.
Rasmus joined Novozymes in 1999 as a Marketing Director, and since 2001 he has held various VP positions spanning marketing, commercial management, new business development, ventures, M&A, corporate strategy, portfolio management and more. Prior to joining Novozymes, Rasmus spent five years in top management consulting.
He completed his undergraduate studies in Engineering Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and holds an MBA from ESCP Europe, Paris-Oxford-Berlin.
PRODUCTIONJerry cans of enzymes at a Novozymes production facility. Bagsværd, Denmark.Two employees at a Novozymes’ production facility. Bagsværd, Denmark.Big bags of enzymes are packed and ready for delivery. Novozymes warehouse, Bagsværd, Denmark.Novozymes’ bigbags are suitable for both recycling and incineration, and provide an economical transport system. Here, bags of granulated enzymes are ready to be shipped, with Novozymes’ employee Claus Olsen operating the machinery.Together with partners, Novozymes has built a plant that doubles the recycling of residual biomass in Kalundborg. The plant converts the residual biomass into biogas, which is used as fertilizer on fields. Novozymes handles all the waste material from both Novozymes and Novo Nordisk, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, in Kalundborg.At Novozymes' enzyme plant in Kalundborg, Denmark, one of the world’s largest, enzymes are produced and packaged into large bags for customers across Europe. Novozymes has developed a huge collection of enzyme technologies over the years, supplying them to companies such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.Novozymes’ site in Denmark is part of the Kalundborg Symbiosis – the world's first industrial symbiosis with a circular approach to production. This biogas reactor transforms wastewater into biogas, making it possible to produce enough power to cover the consumption of 7,000 households in the city of Kalundborg.Fermentation tank. A Novozymes’ operator inspecting a fermentation tank at Novozymes’ site in Kalundborg, Denmark. Enzymes are produced in a fermentation process where raw materials come from a farm field, e.g. sugars, soy, starch and wheat. It is a biological process running 24/7, and after the enzymes have been recovered, the left-over biomass is recycled to produce biogas and as a fertilizer for agricultural fields.
RESEARCHA lab worker examines samples at Novozymes’ research center, Bagsværd, Denmark.Researcher working at freezer containing Novozymes’ microbial collection. Bagsværd, Denmark.Researchers looking at test tubes at Novozymes research center in Franklinton, North Carolina.A basket full of fungi, after Novozymes’ mycologists have wandered through the woods in Hareskoven, near Copenhagen. Autumn is the best time for fungus lovers to walk through the woods hunting for fungi. In Autumn, many fungi produce familiar mushrooms and toadstools thus becoming more visible, even though they are present in the soil all year round.Mycologists from Novozymes, Mikako Sasa, left, and, Sara Landvik often wander through the woods looking for new and fascinating fungi. Here, they are looking for wood-degrading fungi on dead tree trunks in Hareskoven, near Copenhagen. Fungi have an important role in the ecosystem for degradation and turnover of biomass, such as trees and twigs that fall on the ground.Fomitopsis pinicola. The woods are filled with colorful fungal treasures. Fungi come in many shapes, sizes and beautiful colors and grow everywhere in the presence of a suitable substrate. Novozymes mycologist, Mikako Sasa, is trying to cut the fungus off a dead tree in Hareskoven, near Copenhagen. The fungus, with its characteristic acidic smell and yellowish orange surface is one of the most common wood degraders on spruce.Mycologists from Novozymes, Sara Landvik, left, and Mikako Sasa, often wander through the woods looking for new and fascinating fungi. Here, they are looking for wood-degrading fungi on dead tree trunks in Hareskoven, near Copenhagen. Novozymes’ enzymes originate from either bacteria or fungi, with the entire workflow beginning in the heart of nature.Mycologists from Novozymes, Mikako Sasa, left, and Sara Landvik in the lab at Novozymes’ research center in Bagsværd, near Copenhagen. Here they use a microscope to study fungi that have been isolated and cultivated on agar plates.A Novozymes researcher, Leigh Murphy, performing tests on small pieces of clothes in the laboratories at Novozymes’ research center in Bagsværd, Denmark. Enzymes are widely used in the detergent industry, thanks to their many beneficial effects, such as helping cut energy consumption and achieving top cleaning performance. Here, enzymes are helping Leigh Murphy remove a tough café latte stain from the piece of fabric lying on the table.Tremella mesenterica. Here seen in Hareskoven, near Copenhagen. It is a fungal parasite, which grows on other fungi. It can get completely desiccated in dry weather, but as soon as it rains, it becomes active and develops slimy and jelly-like fruiting bodies. Novozymes’ enzymes are used across a range of different industries, for instance in laundry detergents where they enable low-temperature washing, saving energy and reducing emissions while increasing performance. The company’s enzymes originate from either bacteria or fungi, with the entire workflow beginning in nature.Nectria cinnabarina. This coral-like fungus is using enzymes to degrade a beech twig in Hareskoven, near Copenhagen. Bacteria and fungi all secrete enzymes into the environment. When used in industry, this feature enables the production of high levels of enzymes, resulting in effective biological solutions. All the interesting bacteria and fungi found, will be preserved in nitrogen freezers at Novozymes for screening of various enzymes in the future.
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