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Oct 01, 2020

IBM Named 2020 Foreign Company of the Year

IBM is recognized for their valuable investments in innovative IT solutions and their decision to place a Client Innovation Centre in Denmark.

An independent jury has selected IBM as the AmCham’s 2020 Foreign Company of the Year. The jury placed emphasis on the growth of the company’s Danish activities, which includes the decision to place a Client Innovation Centre in Copenhagen. The company is also recognized for its continued commitment to Denmark in placing valuable investments in developing innovative IT solutions and collaborating with both the public and private sectors.

Spokesperson for the jury, Jørgen Bardenfleth, Chairman (Lyngsoe Systems, Symbion et al.), says: IBM Denmark has been an important IT vendor in Denmark since the 1950’s. With the establishment of a Client Innovation Centre in Denmark and their participation in numerous public-private partnerships such as the Danish government’s climate partnership, IBM demonstrates a strong commitment to make innovative IT solutions available for Denmark in the future. By investing heavily in Danish R&D and the start-up community, IBM is building a solid foundation to drive their pioneering agenda from here.”

Besides Jørgen Bardenfleth, the 2020 jury also consists of Sanna Suvanto-Haarsae, Chairman (Bo Concept, TCM, etc.) and Bjarne Corydon, Editor-in-Chief of Børsen.

Henrik Bodskov, General Manager, IBM Denmark says:  “I am delighted that IBM Denmark’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed and that we receive the 2020 Foreign Company of the Year Award. I share this award with my IBM colleagues, our public and private sector clients as well as our partners. Only a concerted and bold effort can put new solutions in Cloud, AI, Blockchain and IoT to the test. These are technological solutions that can bring us closer to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our focus has always been on digitizing Denmark in an innovative, secure and socially responsible way. The award will make our engagement in these areas even more visible.”

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AmCham Denmark is proud to recognize IBM as the 2020 Foreign Company of the Year. “This prestigious award recognizes the importance and positive impact made by foreign companies investing in Denmark – which comprise only 1.2% of private sector companies but create more than 20% of the private sector jobs,” says Stephen Brugger, AmCham Executive Director.

Foreign companies hold the key to future growth in the economy, and when they choose to invest in Denmark, it creates jobs, growth and innovation. Therefore, it is a privilege for AmCham to help foreign companies tell their success stories – and this year’s finalists were four multinational companies from the absolute top drawer, who provided the jury with several great stories to choose from,” adds Brugger.

AmCham would like to congratulate this year’s other finalists: BASF, Bristol Myers Squibb and Philips – who were all very qualified and made the jury’s decision extremely difficult. Read about the finalists here.

IBM joins a prestigious list of previous award winners including:
Amgen (2019), FMC (2018), Medtronic (2017), Dupont (2016), Bayer (2015), Roche (2014), Biogen Idec (2013), McDonald’s (2012), Siemens (2011), Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers (2010), Iron Mountain (2009) and & GlaxoSmithKline (2008).