Maersk Chief Operating Officer Announce Departure, Company Looking for New COO


In a move that startled the world, the shipping giant Maersk announced the departure of their Chief Operating Officer,Søren Toft.

According to a press release published on its website, the company says that Chief Operating Officer (COO) Søren Toft has decided to pursue another opportunity outside the company and will leave A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S effective from yesterday. 

An Interim COO

CEO Søren Skou will take on the responsibilities of the COO in the interim.

Executive Board Now

The Executive Board will hereafter consist of Søren Skou, Carolina Dybeck Happe, Vincent Clerc, and Morten Engelstoft.

About the Outgoing COO

Søren Toft joined A.P. Møller – Mærsk in 1994 and became a member of the Executive Board in December 2017.

The New COO on the Outgoing COO

The Loadstar reported the interim COO appreciating the outgoing COO with these comments:

“I have worked with Søren for many years, and I appreciate his many contributions to AP Møller-Maersk. He leaves an agile and strong operating organisation and we all wish Søren the very best in the future,” said Mr Skou.

Mr Toft was appointed Maersk Line chief operating officer in 2014, and a little under two years ago was promoted – along with Mr Clerc and Mr Englestoft – to the Maersk group management board and was heavily involved in its takeover of Hamburg Süd. He has been a key figure in in Maersk’s subsequent strategic reorientation to become a “container logistics integrator”, Skou added. 

Contact persons:

Executive Vice President, Lars-Erik Brenøe, tel. +45 3363 3607

Head of External Relations, Signe Wagner, tel. +45 3363 1901

Maersk Group

A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated transport and logistics company with multiple brands and is a global leader in container shipping and ports. The company employs roughly 76,000 employees across operations in 130 countries.

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Source: Maersk , The LoadStar


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