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AmCham's Annual General Meeting at Kosmopol's Auditoriet
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AmCham Denmark has reviewed its business plan, approved a budget, set membership dues, elected board members – paving the way to  build on the successes of 2011. The actions came at the AmCham’s March 28 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was skillfully chaired by Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen, partner, Rønne & Lundgren law firm.

Board Report
As per AmCham’s bylaws, the first item on the agenda was the report from the Chamber’s Board of Directors, which was presented by AmCham Chairman Kim Østrup, “AmCham Denmark, under the leadership of Stephen Brugger and the dedication of its new staff, continues to strengthen its voice as the premiere representative of international business in Denmark.”

Our cooperation with CBS to document the important role of Multinational Enterprises in Denmark provided the Chamber with an excellent platform to engage decision makers and stakeholders.  In the fall, the Chamber’s policy platform was further strengthened with the release of our 2011 Business Barometer and the HR Committee’s white paper “The Talent to Compete”. Together, these formed the foundation for a successful Foreign Investor Summit in early November - featuring the newly appointed Minister of Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr.

Looking Forward, the Chamber’s policy agenda for 2011, which will continue to have “international competitiveness” the central theme, focusing on the important role played by multinational companies’ investments in and out of Denmark. “The progress that AmCham has made is just the start. There has never been a more important time to have a strong collective voice speaking on behalf of international business,” added Østrup.

In closing, Østrup acknowledged the valuable relationships AmCham shares with its key partners, including an exceptionally strong relationship with the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton and thanked the 270 AmCham members for their continuing participation and support.

Finances
Next on the AGM agenda, AmCham Treasurer Allan Agerholm presented the Chamber’s 2011 accounts, the 2012 budget and a board proposal for increased membership dues in 2013 – all of which were approved by the General Assembly.

Board Elections
In other AGM business, the Chamber re-elected board members Allan Agerholm (Crowne Plaza), Charlotte Mark (Microsoft), Dorte Mikkelsen (MSD) and Lene Skole (Coloplast). Additionally, four new board members were unanimously elected:

  • Matthew C. Koenings, Operations Integration Leader, DuPont Danmark
  • Martin Rahbek, CEO - Konica Minolta
  • John Walsh III, President & COO Nordic Region, CSC
  • Anders Würtzen, Vice President Group Relations, A.P. Møller – Maersk

Additionally, board members Stephen Shillington (McDonald’s) and Emily Oatney (Chevron), who were appointed during the past year to fill vacant board seats, were confirmed.

Following the ordinary Chamber business, AmCham Executive Director Stephen Brugger thanked outgoing board members Bill Allen (Maersk) and Mike Connell (GSK) for their pro-active engagement and overall support of AmCham Denmark.

Board Leadership
The Chamber’s new Board of Directors met briefly following the AGM to constitute its leadership, with Kim Østrup continuing as Chairman, Torsten Moe (Booz & Co.) taking over as Vice Chair from Mike Connell and Allan Agerholm continuing as the Chamber’s Treasurer.

Participants then adjourned to the Kosmopol’s main conference room for the Transatlantic Business Roundtable and announcement of the Transatlantic Company of the Year. To read more, click here.

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