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  • Executive Leadership Team

    Peder Holk Nielsen

    President and CEO

    Peder Holk Nielsen, born 1956, has dedicated his career to the field of industrial biotechnology, beginning in 1984 as a Marketing Manager in the Enzymes Division of Novo A/S. 

    Through the years, Peder has worked in many different parts of the business, shaping the company as it is today and solidifying the market insight and research capabilities that will foster Novozymes in the future. 

    Peder’s career path quickly took him into a number of leadership roles. In 1987 he became Head of the New Business Development Group. He took over as Vice President in R&D in 1990. In 1995 Peder joined the management team of the enzyme business in Novo Nordisk A/S, initially as Corporate Vice President of Development and Quality management, and from 1999 he led Sales and Marketing in the enzymes business.  

    He held this position until the demerger of Novozymes from Novo Nordisk in 2000.With the creation of Novozymes, Peder continued running the operational side of the business as Executive Vice President, responsible for sales, marketing and supply chain activities.  

    In 2007, he assumed leadership for all of Enzyme Business,including production, procurement, development and quality management. He took over as CEO in 2013. 

    During his many years in management, Peder has focused on developing Novozymes’ organization, people and processes to effectively turn customer insights into product ideas and deliver solutions that excite customers. 

    Peder Holk Nielsen holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and a B.Com. in International Business Management from Copenhagen Business School. 

    Peder serves on the Board of Directors of Hempel A/S, a developer and supplier of coatings, and of LEO Pharma A/S, a company specialized in dermatological and thrombotic treatments. 

    Peder co-chairs the B20 Task Force on Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency and sits on the Board of Trustees of the United States Council for International Business.  

    He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s G20 CEO Advisory Group and advises the Danish government on trade, production and digitization issues. 

    Last updated February 2017

    Prisca Havranek-Kosicek

    Executive Vice President and CFO

    Prisca Havranek-Kosicek, born in 1975, is the Chief Financial Officer at Novozymes. 

    She joined the company in February 2018, bringing with her strong international experience from positions held in Austria, USA, South East Asia, the Netherlands and Switzerland. 

    Until November 2017, Prisca served as CFO and member of the Executive Board for Kuoni Group, a leading 8,000-employee service provider to the global travel industry. In the period 2011-2016 Prisca held positions at Royal DSM, including Group Treasurer and CFO for DSM’s pharmaceutical division, and from 2004-2008 she served as VP Corporate Subsidiaries and Investor Relations for Austrian Airlines Group.

    She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Allianz Elementar Versicherungs-AG and Allianz Elementar Lebenversicherungs-AG.

    Anders Lund

    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

    Andrew Fordyce

    Executive Vice President, Food & Beverages

    Andrew 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 

    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. 

    Thomas Videbæk

    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

  • Expert spokespeople

    Claus Fuglsang

    Senior Vice President, Research & Technology

    Novozymes spends 14 % 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 grain 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, EMEA

    Claus is an expert on sustainability. He helps our clients and partners make their business more sustainable by using Novozymes’ products.

    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 and the Copenhagen Institute of Technology. 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 is currently Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and he represents Novozymes in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative. Claus is serving in the Sustainability Council to the company Ingersoll Rand and in the Advisory Board to the organization Sustainable Brands. 

    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.

    Colin Bletsky

    Vice President, BioAg Commercial

    Colin is responsible for the strategy and direction of Novozymes BioAg business worldwide.

    Colin Bletsky is Novozymes Vice President of BioAg, where he is responsible for the BioAg business worldwide and leads the team responsible for the strategy and direction of the BioAg Group activities.

    With an agriculture background spanning close to 20 years, he has been involved in marketing and sales in many managerial positions. Colin has a passion for agriculture, business and ultimately helping drive positive change in agricultural production.

    In addition to being a lifelong farmer with his family in Eastern Saskatchewan, Colin gained agricultural experience through his time in the retail and seed industry withseveral companies in rural Saskatchewan in the late ‘90’s. He then spent close to ten years with increasing management and project responsibilities nationally and internationally within the Crop Protection industry.

    Colin’s roles from 2010-2014 in Novozymes Business Development and Account Management spanned North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

    Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, is a Certified Crop Advisor and holds many other industry accreditations. Colin has also completed many management, leadership and strategy courses throughout the years and most recently attended INSEAD in France.

    Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Colin and his wife Nicole have two children, Emilie and Caden, who already enjoy helping dad and their uncles at the family farm during seeding and harvest.

    Peter Faaborg-Andersen

    Global Marketing Director, Textiles & Leather

    Peter heads Novozymes Technical Industries segment. He and his team work to provide high quality sustainable solutions for textiles, leather and wastewater.

    Peter Faaborg-Andersen started at Novozymes in 2007. During his tenure with Novozymes he has been working with a wide range of disciplines ranging from
    corporate finance and M&A, over pricing to strategy and competitor intelligence. Prior to his current position, he headed up the Strategy and Market Insight Department in Enzyme Business.

    In 2013, Peter became Global Marketing Director for Technical Industries covering biological solutions for Textile and Leather processing as well as Wastewater treatment.

    Peter holds an M.Sc. in Finance & Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School supplemented with executive courses from Harvard Business School, IMD and INSEAD.

    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. 




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