Board of Directors
AmCham Denmark’s chief governing and policy body consists of a Board of Directors democratically elected by the membership for two-year terms. Through the donation of their time and experience, the Board members are responsible for the overall strategies and policy decisions of the AmCham Denmark organization.
Vice President Nordic Region
Steve Shillington has been Vice President for McDonald’s in the Nordic Region since January 2014 and was Managing Director for McDonald’s Denmark from 2010 to September 2014 - with responsibility for 89 restaurants, of which 19 are company owned and 70 are owned by franchisees. Steve is Australian, and before leaving to take on the responsibility for the Danish market he has had a long career with McDonald’s Australia. The previous position he held in Australia was as the Vice President - Regional Manager responsible for Southern Australia and he was also responsible as the Vice President of Strategic Franchising for the Australian market. Steve currently lives in London with his wife and three children.
Co-Vice ChairTorsten Moe
Torsten Moe joined the Copenhagen office of PwC in October 2012. Torsten’s consulting experience includes assignments in the areas of strategy, corporate finance, business development, organization development and different types of operations improvement. His consulting work has spanned several sectors including consumer goods, energy/chemicals/utilities, IT services/telco, financial services, and industries and manufacturing. From 2002 to 2012, Torsten was Vice President with Booz & Company where he focused on company transformations, strategy and organization development, supply chain management, market entry strategies, product and service innovation and launch management primarily for large Danish and Nordic corporations. Torsten holds a M.Sc. in chemical engineering and a M.Sc. in economics and business administration.
Co-Vice ChairDorthe Mikkelsen
Senior Vice President
Dorthe Mikkelsen leads MSD's Mid-Europe 2 region and is a member of the MSD Leadership Team in Europe-Canada. The Mid-Europe 2 region includes Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Denmark & Iceland, Norway, Finland and the three Baltic countries. Dorthe joined MSD in 1997, was promoted to Managing Director of MSD Denmark and Iceland in 2006 and became Vice President and Regional Director for Scandinavia and Ireland in 2009. Before joining MSD, Dorthe worked for Novo Nordisk in Denmark. Dorthe has been Chairman of the Board of The Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Lif) and the Pharmaceutical Industry Ethical Board Steering Group since 2010. She joined the Board of AmCham in Denmark in 2010. Dorthe holds a Master of Science in Pharmacy from the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy and a Diploma in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School. She lives in Frederiksberg with her husband and young son.
Bella Center / Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Allan Agerholm is CEO and Managing Director of the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers. Prior to undertaking the development, construction, and now operation of this new property, he worked with Hilton in both Stockholm and Copenhagen and the Thistle Tower Hotel in London. Allan holds an executive MBA from the University of Northern London and earned a Certificate in Competitive Strategies from the University of California, Berkeley Business School. Outside of his normal daily responsibilities, Allan is very active in industry organizations, like Horesta (Capital Region Chair and Denmark Vice-Chair), the Copenhagen Hoteliers Association, and Dansk Erhverv. Allan currently resides in Hellerup with his wife and three daughters.
DuPont Nutrition & Health
Polly Fairchild is the CIO for DuPont’s Nutrition & Health business, headquartered in Copenhagen. In this global role, Polly is focused on IT-enabling business growth and post-acquisition simplification. Polly’s DuPont career has included a variety of information technology roles in Central Research & Development, five global business units, enterprise IT strategy and IT considerations in acquisitions and divestitures. Polly holds a BA degree in Biology and MS degrees in Biology and Computer Science. Polly is American, has been living in Copenhagen since 2011, and has a daughter in Australia and a son in the US.
Vice President, Northern Europe
Maria Laine is Vice President of Boeing Northern Europe with responsibility for developing and implementing Boeing strategy in these markets, focusing on new business development, industrial and technology partnership opportunities, corporate citizenship projects and expanding Boeing’s presence in the region. Maria has been with Boeing since 1993 covering various business development responsibilities mainly across Europe based in both the U.S. and Europe during her career. Prior to accepting her current position she was covering the Asia-Pacific region within Boeing’s defense division. Maria has an M.B.A. from Thunderbird’s School of Global Management and a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Maria was born in Finland, spent her childhood in Sweden and grew up in the United States. This is her third expat assignment with Boeing in Europe. She is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands with her husband and two daughters.
International Vice President Business Development – Northern Europe
Yung Le is responsible for developing new Lockheed Martin’s aerospace business in the Northern European region, which includes the Benelux, Nordic and Switzerland. Yung has been with Lockheed Martin for over 30 years. In his prior assignment, he led the fighter and transport aircraft sales to Central/Southern Europe and Near-East countries. Yung holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen
Charlotte Mark is Managing Director, Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen. She joined Microsoft in 2004, initially as HR Director for Denmark, after working for many years with Accenture working with leading Danish companies, as well as for large corporations in the U.S., UK, and Norway. Charlotte earned her Cand.phil. in Human Informatics from Aalborg University in 1990. She is very engaged in extracurricular business activities, is a member of the board for Brand Copenhagen, sits on the advisory board for Expat in Denmark and is a member of the Council for Internationalization of Education. Charlottle lives in Hellerup with her husband and two sons.
Finn L. Meyer
Ernst & Young
Finn L. Meyer is a certified public accountant and partner at E&Y. He was previously a member of KPMG’s Danish as well as international and regional boards. Among other things, Finn is and has been an audit leadpartner for many large and listed Danish companies with international operations . He was also the chairman of KPMG´s Audit Committee Institute and a member of the Danish Corporate Governance Committee. Finn is the author of a range of articles and is a much sought after speaker.
Executive Vice President and COS
Thomas Nagy was appointed Executive Vice President and COS of Stakeholder Relations in October 2007. Responsibilities include Corporate Communications, Sustainability Development, Corporate People & Organization, Facilitation and Organizational Audits. Prior to his current position, Thomas served as President of Novozymes North America Inc. from 2004 to 2007. Thomas Nagy received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University in Copenhagen (1985) and is a graduate of Wharton School of Business AMP program (2006).
Ole Vrangbæk Olsen
Ole Vrangbæk has been CFO for IBM in Denmark since 2009, as well as being a member of the Board of Directors for IBM Denmark since 2011. Ole holds extensive experience within the fields of Financing, Process Management, Financial Engineering, and Sales Management. The career path at IBM includes international assignments in London and Paris, holding responsibility for Pan European activities within Sales Management and Financial Structures/Reporting. Ole is also a Member of the Board for the IBM Pension Fund, supervising the financial investments and regulatory compliance of the entity, as well as serving as a member of the Tax Political Committee under DI.
Ron Park is the General Manager for Roche Pharmaceuticals a/s, the Denmark branch of the Swiss Pharmaceutical company. In this role, Ron is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that ensure all appropriate patients in Denmark can benefit from Roche’s portfolio of innovative medicines for cancer, autoimmune disease, and other diseases with high unmet medical need. Prior to this role, Ron’s worked at Roche global headquarters in Basel, Switzerland in the Global Strategy group and before that at Genentech in San Francisco in a variety of sales, marketing, and market access roles. His work experience includes working at McKinsey and Company in their Silicon Valley Office (biotechnology group) and at Kaiser Permanente and UCLA as a practicing physician of Internal Medicine. Ron holds an MD and an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA in Biology from Harvard. He in American citizen who was born and raised in the United States, and he now lives in Hellerup with his wife and two sons.
Martin Rahbek is Chairman of the Board for Ergotel, which represents Plantronics - a leading American manufacturer within the telecom industry. Previously, he was the CEO for Konica Minolta Denmark, a leading Global manufacturer within the document equipment industry. Martin also serves on the boards of Dansk Erhverv, the Danish IT association as well as several private companies. He has an engineering degree from Aarhus Technical University and business degree Copenhagen Business School. Martin is married to Isabel and they have 3 children.
Country Chairman - Denmark, Greenland & Iceland
Ben Ring has been the Shell Country Chairman for Denmark, Greenland and Iceland, and the Vice-President Upstream Denmark since July 2013. Ben is from the UK and studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University, followed by post graduate studies in law. He joined Shell in 2005 after completing an MBA at IMD in Switzerland. His first posting was to Qatar where he worked for five years in a number of roles including: Business Analyst for the Qatar Country Chairman; Business Development Manager; and lastly, Deputy Construction Manager and Integration Manager, both on the Pearl GTL project. In 2010 he moved to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague where he ran Upstream International’s Strategy & Portfolio team, advising the Upstream Director on a broad range of strategic issues. Since July 2012 he was a Senior Deal Lead in Upstream International’s New Business Development team. Ben is married with three young children, and enjoys road cycling and yacht racing.
David Horn Solomon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. David Horn Solomon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zealand Pharma (NASDAQ OMX: ZEAL) based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Solomon joined Denmark-based Zealand Pharma in September 2008. Dr. Solomon has extensive experience in pharmacology research, having served as a faculty member at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY as well as leadership positions at several biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including Remedy Pharmaceuticals and Critical Diagnostics, both in New York. From 2003-2006, Dr. Solomon led healthcare investing at Carrot Capital Healthcare Ventures. Most recently, Dr. Solomon served as Chief Operating Officer of Vital Sensors, Inc. Dr. Solomon studied medicine and received his doctorate at Cornell University Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering division of its Graduate School of Medical Sciences, in New York City. He resides full time in Hornbaek, Denmark.
John Walsh III
President & COO Nordic Region
John Walsh is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nordic Region and Chief Executive Officer of CSC Danmark A/S. He is responsible for the strategy, growth, and operations of a full portfolio of consulting, outsourcing, and systems integration of private and public sector clients in all industries across the Nordic and Baltic regions. John joined CSC in January 2000 and has held a number of executive positions in the public and private sector living and working in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, and Denmark. Prior to CSC, he held multiple positions with the U.S. Department of Defense, most recently as an acquisition executive at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, California. John Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University; and a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Senior Vice President, Head of Group Public Affairs
A.P. Møller – Maersk
Senior Vice President Anders Würtzen is the Head of Group Public Affairs for A.P. Moller – Maersk, responsible for global government relations for the shipping as well as the oil and gas activities of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Starting his career with the Danish Energy Agency in Copenhagen, he joined Maersk Oil and Gas in 1988 and has held a number of positions for this company in Denmark and abroad, latest as head of corporate legal and commercial functions, communications and public affairs. Anders Würtzen obtained his MA Law from Copenhagen University in 1987 and has later completed management training at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Born in 1961, married with one child, and living in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ex-officio LiaisonKirsten Selinger
U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen
Kirsten Brooks Selinger is a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. She is currently the Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, responsible for coordinating the bilateral economic and commercial relationship. Prior to this assignment she served in Washington as Deputy Director managing the U.S. government’s foreign assistance programs in Eurasia. She has also served in Embassy positions in Croatia, Albania and Trinidad and Tobago. Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Kirsten worked for the State of Minnesota promoting agricultural exports abroad and helping small firms obtain financing. She also worked for Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade assisting companies in entering the U.S. market. Kirsten is married and has two children.
ObserverBjarke Castberg Frederiksen
Head of Commercial Section
U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen
Bjarke C. Frederiksen is the Head of U.S. Commercial Service at the Embassy of the United States in Copenhagen, Denmark. He started at the Embassy in November, 2000, and has been Head of Section since 2006. Prior to his job at the Embassy, Bjarke was Project Manager in Distribution Council Denmark, working to promote Denmark as a logistical hub in Northern Europe. Since May 2011, Bjarke has furthermore been Europe Team Leader for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency working to promote the industry on a regional level and coordinate efforts among all U.S. Commercial Service Posts in Europe. Bjarke holds a Master Degree in Business Innovation (Cand. Merc. 1998) and a Bachelor Degree (HA, 1995) both from Copenhagen Business School. He lives in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen, with his wife Christine and their two sons.