Back to School

Competencies for the future!

1. JUNE 2017 – 08.00AM – 12.00PM


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“We wish to use the 2017 Annual Danish Top Executive Summit to attract current leaders to meet the leaders of the future, i.e. our students.”

Per Holten-Andersen
President, Copenhagen Business School

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The 2017 Annual Danish Top Executive Summit and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) welcome everyone “Back to School” on Thursday 1 June 2017, during the university’s centenary anniversary year.

We start the day “at school” with a series of lectures, seminars and group projects featuring astute business profiles, professors and CBS students, who challenge you and inform you of the skill-sets needed for tomorrow. In the afternoon, after “the lunchtime break”, prominent speakers spotlight the future to give you an appreciation of how you will be able to take on global challenges and problems, particularly if you have future-oriented expertise in the fields of digitalization and innovation.

Two generations converge at the Annual Danish Top Executive Summit: young millennials (the future) represented by students whose curiosity and drive can inspire Summit attendees; and established business leaders (experience), whom students can aspire to be like and draw on. This will generate new energy where the past, present and future converge and can stimulate innovative solutions to societal challenges.

The Steering Committee for the 2017 Annual Danish Top Executive Summit comprises the following members:
Professor Peter Møllgaard, CBS; Professor Flemming Poulfelt, CBS; Professor Thomas Ritter, CBS; René Steffensen, Campus Director of CBS in cooperation with Thomas Skinnerup, Anne W. Suhr and Louise Seest, all of whom are from CBS.



Distinguished top executives and the strongest researchers at CBS, Copenhagen will provide you with unique insight into the skills you need to prepare for a world where the only constant is change.


Robert Uggla, CEO A.P. Moller Holding

Robert M. Uggla has been CEO of A.P. Moller Holding since September 2016. AP Moller Holding was created to safeguard the long term ownership and viability of the AP Møller – Maersk activities and Danske Bank, and to pursue investments in new areas. Robert joined the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group in 2004. He’s had several corporate roles and operational roles, such as Managing Director of Maersk Line’s activities in the Arabian Gulf, Managing Director of Brostrom, and CEO of Svitzer. Robert has also been involved in several of the Group’s acquisitions and divestments.

Matt Brittin, President EMEA, Google

Matt heads up Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – helping consumers and businesses make the most of the digital opportunity.
Joining Google in 2007 to help build its business in the UK, he became MD of Google UK two years later. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Northern and Central Europe, before taking over as President of Business and Operations in EMEA in 2014. Matt has had a long career in media and marketing, joining Google from the newspaper industry, where he led commercial and digital operations at the biggest UK publisher.
He previously worked at McKinsey. He has an MBA from London Business School, an MA from Cambridge and has won silver medals for Cambridge in several Boat Races. He was also a member of the British rowing team and has won medals in eights and fours at the Worls Rowing Chamionships and represented Great Britain at the Olympics.
In 2014, he was appointed a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and he still rows regularly, though more slowly.
Matt lives in London, near the Thames, with his wife, teenage sons and small dog.

Soren W. Schroder, CEO, Bunge, USA

Mr. Schroder became CEO, Bunge Limited, in June 2013, and serves on the company’s board as a Director. From 2010 to 2013 he was CEO, Bunge North America, leading Bunge’s business operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Since joining Bunge in 2000, he has served in a variety of agribusiness leadership roles at the company in the United States and Europe.

Soren Schroder is born in Aarhus.

Jean-Francois Manzoni, President, IMD

Agility and learning in the C-suite: So necessary, and yet so hard!

IMD’s new President Jean-Francois Manzoni has been directing leadership development programmes for the world’s best companies for over 25 years in over 30 countries. During this session, he will share what his and others’ research tells us about why managers – especially senior managers – find it so hard to develop new behaviours, and what they and their organisations can do to improve their chances of success.

It is increasingly well accepted that the best predictor of executives’ future success is their ability to stay agile and keep learning over time.  As a result, organisations have been investing significant time, money and energy in supporting executives’ lifelong leadership development.  The good news is: Leaders are increasingly well informed; they often know what they should be doing. Unfortunately, they typically find it hard to implement this new knowledge and instead keep repeating habitual patterns of behaviour.  Adding to the complexity is of course the increased focus on emerging technologies that not only alter business models and value creation, but also the way we work and interact with each other.

Søren Pind, Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science

How is top executive management being challenged – in politics and society?

Søren Pind is a member of the Danish Parliament for the Liberal Party of Denmark and was appointed Minister for Higher Education and Science on 28 November 2016. He served as Minister for Justice from 28 June 2015 to 28 November 2016, after serving as Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration and Minister for Development Aid from 8 March to 3 October 2011. He has also served as Minister for Development Aid from 23 February 2010 to 8 March 2011. Søren Pind holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Copenhagen.

Lone Fønss Schrøder, Chairwoman of the Board, Saxo Bank

Lone Fønss Schrøder is one of the highest ranked Danish women in the European business community, with directorships in Ikea, Volvo and Schneider Electric. Lone Fønss is Chairwoman of the board for Saxo Bank. She is Senior Advisor for Credit Suisse and co-founder of a number of digital technology products, including CashWorks and the social network Lone Fønss was Senior Vice President at A.P. Møller-Maersk (1982–2004). From 2005 to 2009, she was president and CEO of the world’s largest RO/RO shipping company: Wallenius Lines AB of Sweden. She served as chairwoman of the board for the Norwegian company Kværner ASA, during its successful corporate reconstruction in 2004, and she is still affiliated with the Aker Group.

Richard Emerton, KornFerry, UK

Richard Emerton is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s London office. He is also Managing Partner, Board & CEO Services Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Emerton spent eight years with another global executive search firm, where he held various leadership positions, including head of the Board & CEO practice for the United Kingdom and head of the EMEA leadership consulting practice.

Over the last eight years, Mr. Emerton has worked on a wide range of executive and non executive search assignments, and leadership development projects, including a number of high profile board reviews. His clients range from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 companies, to major global consulting and private equity firms.

Before moving into executive search in 2002, Mr. Emerton was a managing partner of energy, utilities and infrastructure for Arthur Andersen Consulting EMEIA and a member of the executive board of Andersen Business Consulting for the region.

Mr. Emerton studied law at Oxford University, where he gained a rowing Blue and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

James Allen, Senior Partner, Bain, US

James Allen is a senior partner in Bain & Company’s London office. He is the co-leader of Bain’s Global Strategy practice, the founder of the firm’s Customer Strategy & Marketing practice and a member of Bain’s European Consumer Products and Technology practices. In addition, he leads Bain’s Developing Market 100 initiative.

James is a recognized leading expert in developing global corporate and business unit strategy. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, he has worked extensively for multi-national companies in consumer products, oil and gas, technology and telecommunications, healthcare and other industries. He advises clients on the development of global growth strategies, emerging market entry strategies and turnaround strategies.

James published his third book, The Founder’s Mentality (Harvard Business Review Press) in 2016. The Founder’s Mentality examines how founder-led companies successfully scale without losing their entrepreneurial spirit.

Bjarne Corydon, Global Director, McKinsey Center for Government
Bert Nordberg, Chairman of the Board, Vestas, and other directorships

Bert Nordberg has been chairman of the board for Vestas Wind Systems A/S since 2012, and he is a member of the board for Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), Electrolux AB, Axis AB and Saab Group. Bert Nordberg was previously President and CEO of Sony Ericsson, where he looks back on a long international career.

Allan Polack, Group CEO, PFA
Juha Christensen, USA
Anders Colding Friis, CEO, Pandora
Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, Pension Danmark
Marianne Philip, partner, Kromann Reumert

Marianne Philip is an adjunct professor at CBS, chairwoman of the Foundation Governance, chairwoman of and member of a number of boards, including Codan A/S, the Danfoss Foundation (vice-chairwoman), Nordea Invest (vice-chairwoman), the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Tom Group Foundation (chairwoman).

Ole Andersen is chairman of the board for Danske Bank, Chr. Hansen and Bang & Olufsen

Ole Andersen is chairman of the board for Danske Bank, Chr. Hansen and Bang & Olufsen and holds a number of other positions of trust. Ole Andersen is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Corporate Governance at CBS, and he was named 2015 Chairman of the Year in the Nordic Region in 2016. With an MSc in Business Administration and Auditing and qualifications as a state-authorised auditor, Ole Andersen can look back on a private equity career.

Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre
Shannon Hessel, Assistant Professor, CBS

Shannon Hessels research and teaching address collaborative group work practices, innovation management, and the role of aesthetics and arts-based practices in processes of business value creation. Her PhD thesis develops our understanding of a special form of collaborative work in which arts ensembles and innovative groups engage, which I call “ensembling.”  Shannon has coauthored two Harvard Business Press books on CEO and IT leadership, as well as several Harvard Business School teaching cases. She has expertise using the Harvard Business School case-teaching method and as a theatre arts professional inform the way she creates a dynamic, interactive classroom experience.

Christian Visti Larsen

Christian Visti Larsen (40): Founder and CEO of NewBanking Aps. Christian started NewBanking in 2016, which already that same year earned a space on KPMG’s FinTech Top 100 list of the most innovative financial companies in the world, one out of only two Nordic companies. Christian has vast experience of the financial sector, including at Danske Bank, and he was a partner in one of the first e-money companies in Denmark, subsequently purchased in part by COOP. Before NewBanking, Christian was CFO and Strategy Manager at the Danish Bitcoin payment platform Coinify, which received more than DKK 20 million in venture capital from SEB bank. Christian has an MSc degree in Economics and Business Administration from CBS.

Chen Lifang, Member of the Board, Director & Senior VP, Huawei

Ms. Chen Lifang er medlem af bestyrelsen for Huawei, Kina, Corporate Senior Vice President og Director, President of the Public Affairs and Communications Dept. Chen Lifang kom til Huawei i 1995.

Christian Zigler

Christian Zigler is a speaker, author and business development professional with endless enthusiasm for the realm of hospitality.

Former Founder & CEO of Preview Networks and now Founder and Chairman of successful Danish Fintech startup Shopbox, Christian believes in big dreams, constant disruption and excellent customer service.

With Shopbox he wants to change the way we look at managing business. He spent countless hours studying the future of hospitality, and is an expert regarding payments and financial services.

He earned both his BS and MS from Copenhagen Business School.
As a graduate he had two successful businesses in the United States where he learned that hard work makes a big difference in everyone’s life. He has been active in the entrepreneurial environment for over 20 years, and as a result wrote a best selling book titled “Marketing Made Simple,” published in three Scandinavian markets and sold in more than 300.000 copies.

Christian has worked with online and tech companies for the last 15 years,
and understands the need to continuously innovate and create disruptive technologies to challenge the traditional way of doing things.

Ken Villum Klausen
Thomas Ritter, Professor, CBS

Thomas Ritter, Professor, Department of Strategic Mangement og Globalization, CBS

Thomas Ritter’s main research interest is in firms’ commercial competence, i.e. the way firms earn profits. This overall interest can be divided into studies on customer insight and market segmentation, customer value creation and value modelling, customer relationship management, and market strategy development. Projects are either on the operational, execution level (how are things done) or on the executive level (how to lead the market-oriented and customer-centric firm). Thomas’ work has been widely published in journals including International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Business Venturing.

Ivan Sandqvist - CEO of Storebox

After a couple of years in management consulting and business development in traditional manufacturing companies, Ivan has during the past 15 years co-founded and been CEO of three successful IT companies within the payment industry and all three companies were acquired by private equity funds or private equity owned companies. Next to his involvement in Storebox, Ivan is an active investor in IT companies.

Steen Thomsen, Professor, CBS

Steen Thomsen, professor, Ph.D., is chairman of the Center for Corporate Governance at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He specializes in corporate governance as a teacher, researcher, consultant, commentator and practitioner. His academic publications include some 30 international journal articles and 3 books on the subject.

Majken Schultz, Professor, CBS

Majken Schultz is a professor at CBS, member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and member of the board of Bang & Olufsen, Danish Crown, Danske Spil and Realdania.

Jan Damsgaard, Professor, CBS

Jan Damsgaard, professor og institutleder på Institut for IT-ledelse på CBS, København. Jan Damsgaard er digital vismand udpeget af Akademiet for de Tekniske Videnskaber. Som ekspert sidder Jan i mange fagråd blandt andet i Dansk IT’s fagråd for Finans og IT samt i styregruppen for Copenhagen FinTech i regi af Finans Danmark. Til daglig leder Jan Damsgaard Institut for IT-ledelse, der forskningsmæssigt rangerer som det 3. bedste i Europa. Jan har en lang international forskningskarriere bag sig, han har arbejdet på mange universiteter i udlandet blandt andet i Kina, USA, Australien og Finland.

Jesper Nielsen, EVP, Personal Banking, Danske Bank
Jesper Berg, Financial Supervisory Authority
Ravi Vatrapu, Professor, CBS

Ravi Vatrapu is a professor of human computer interaction at the Department of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School; professor of applied computing at the Westerdals Oslo School of Arts Communication and Technology; and director of the Centre for Business Data Analytics (  Prof. Vatrapu’s current research focus is on big social data analytics. Based on the enactive approach to the philosophy of mind; phenomenological approach to sociology; and the mathematics of classical, fuzzy and rough set theories; his current research program seeks to design, develop and evaluate a new holistic approach to computational social science, Social Set Analytics (SSA). SSA models social media interactions as associations to ideas, values, identities and social actors and consists of novel formal models, predictive methods and visual analytics tools for big social data. Prof. Vatrapu holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Computer Science and Applications from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Andhra University.

Jacob Aarup-Andersen, CFO, Danske Bank
Tom Jacobsgaard, Director, CBS Executive Board Programme
David Lando, Professor CBS

David Lando is Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School and Director of the Center for Financial Frictions (FRIC) funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. David Lando’s main area of research in finance is credit risk modelling and risk management. He is the author of a monograph on credit risk modeling published by Princeton University Press and has been a visiting scholar at among other places: Princeton University, the Federal Reserve Board in Washington and The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Before joining Copenhagen Business School, David Lando was a Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Copenhagen.
David Lando holds a Master’s degree from the joint mathematics-economics program at the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in statistics from Cornell University.

Jesper Rangvid, Professor, CBS

Jesper Rangvid is a Professor of Finance at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

The unifying theme in Jesper’s research is the relation between financial markets and the wider economy. More specifically, he looks at (i) asset price predictability using macroeconomic variables, (ii) financial crises, (iii) international finance, (iv) mutual funds, and (v) household finance.

Jesper Rangvid has published the results of his research in international journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, European Economic Review, and Economics Letters. Jesper has received the silver medal from the University of Copenhagen, as well as several other rewards for his research and dissemination of his research.
Jesper has leadership experiences from CBS and part-time roles in both the public and the private sector. He was Chairman of the government-appointed committee investigating the causes and consequences of the financial crisis in Denmark;In Denmark, the report is referred to as the “Rangvid-report”. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Doctors’ Pension Fund, the Doctors’ Pension Bank, and SKAGEN AS. Jesper is Associate Dean and responsible for the CBS Executive MBA. In addition, he co- directs the Pension Research Center at CBS (PeRCent).

Jesper Rangvid is often cited and used as an expert on economic and financial issues in the Danish media. Jesper likes giving talks in the Danish financial community.

In his spare time, Jesper likes to go for a run; his favorite distance is 15-20 km. Jesper has decided that a marathon is too long. In addition, Jesper likes being in Spain.

Thomas Plenborg, Professor, CBS

Thomas Plenborg is a professor at the Department of Accounting and Auditing. His research interests include financial analysis, credit analysis, performance-based remuneration, valuation of companies and financial reporting. Thomas Plenborg is involved in different research methods/study designs and enjoys doing research in cooperation with the business community. Thomas Plenborg has received a number of teaching awards.

Jens Lund, CFO, DSV
Peter V.W. Hartmann, Head of People Performance and Analytics, Getinge Group

After acquiring his Ph.D. on the topics of cognitive ability, personality & psychometrics, Peter V.W Hartmann worked as the Chief Psychometrician for the leading test publishing company in Denmark, validating assessment tools, as well as advising on test construction and the use of assessment tools. Later he joined the Maersk Group in 2012 to work with measurement and analytics, where Peter was the Maersk Group´s expert on HR Analytics. In 2016 Peter joined the Getting Group as Director, Head of People Performance and Analytics – where he is responsible for all aspects of Performance Management and HR Analytics

Dana Minbaeva, Professor in Strategic and Global HRM, CBS

Dana Minbaeva’s research on strategic international HRM, knowledge sharing and transfer in multinational corporations has appeared in such journals as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Management International Review, International Business Review, Employment Relations, Personnel Review, European Journal of International Management, etc. Dana is on Editorial Board of Human Resource Management (Wiley).

Esther Bongenaar, Manager HR Analytics, Royal Dutch Shell

Esther Bongenaar is manager of the HR Analytics team at Shell. The HR Analytics team provides strategic and analytical inputs to senior management, HR and the business to support evidenced-based decision-making on Human Capital. Esther holds a MSc degree in Operations Research (University of Amsterdam) and a PDEng degree in Mathematics for Industry (Eindhoven University of Technology). She started her career as a Business Consultant for Accenture and joined Shell Group in 2005. In her initial role as Statistical Consultant she supported a broad range of internal and external customers. Amongst others, she derived valuable insights for the Shell Scenarios Team, refineries, LPG traders, and R&D groups. In 2014, Esther joined Shell HR to build the HR analytics capability; she recruited a world-class team that delivers predictive analytics on Shell’s Human Capital. The team combines expertise in data science, psychometrics, assessment- and employee survey design to have maximum impact on business performance.

Pete Jarworski, Director, Global Mobility & HR Analytics, Novo Nordisk A/S

Pete Jaworski leads Novo Nordisk’s global Workforce Analytics & Planning. The global Workforce Analytics & Planning unit consists of two teams delivering operational excellence and compliance in daily HR reporting, as well as providing the business with a basis for informed decision-making and strategic planning related to Novo Nordisk’s fast-growing workforce. He has depth of experience in several HR specialist areas within Novo Nordisk covering Global Mobility, Performance & Rewards, HRIT, Reporting & Analytics and Workforce Planning, with strong focus on strategy development, operational implementation and program execution within these disciplines. Pete has studied Industrial/Organisational Psychology at The College of New Jersey in the USA.

Henrik Gjesing Antvor, Senior Specialist Analytics, Vestas Wind Systems

Henrik is MSc Economics and has worked with analytics for more than 15 years. Starting out in the Market Research industry he has gained real life, hands-on experience in research methods. He was part of the team that conceptualized and developed the European Employee Index. Henrik has been Executive Advisor for some of Denmark’s largest corporations, helping them to develop early warning systems and harvest insights. As an external lecturer Henrik has taught classes in Business Performance Management and Business Research Methods at Aarhus Business School and Aarhus University. His interests include predictive analytics, linking HR to bottom line, employee engagement, and diversity.

Claus Wiinblad, Head of Equity Operations, ATP

Claus Wiinblad kom til ATP fra Nordea i 2002 og har siden 2004 haft ansvaret for ATP’s Danske aktieportefølje. Som aktiv Chief Portfolio Officer er han samtidig leder af ATP’s team for Danske aktier. Claus Wiinblad er uddannet Cand. Polit fra Københavns Universitet.

Ken L. Bechmann, Professor, CBS

Ken Bechmann’s research interests are within corporate finance and corporate governance and include many hot topics like executive compensation, incentive-based pay, payout policy, and corporate governance in the Danish banking sector. Much of the research has received extensive attention in the media and has been used in connection with recent work on changing recommendations and regulations. In addition, Ken Bechmann have received different awards for the practical relevance of his research and for the dissemination of the research.

Charlotte Biil, LL.M. and MPA

Charlotte Biil holds a Master of Law degree and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Her professional career includes a number of years at the Confederation of Danish Enterprise where she was environmental manager, business policy manager and member of the OHS Council, where her responsibilities included OHS consultancy. Her key expertise lies in generating synergy between the involved parties in terms of development and the representation of political interests. Since 2011, she has been affiliated with the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at CBS through a practice-based research project on welfare partnerships

Pernille Steen Pedersen, post-doc, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, CBS
Flemming Poulfelt, Professor, CBS

Flemming Poulfelt is Professor of Management & Strategy and Vice Dean of Research Communication at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His current research focuses on strategy, managing knowledge intensive firms, management consulting and global leadership. Flemming Poulfelt has published extensively. His most recent publications are “Managing the Knowledge-Intensive Firm”, “Return on Strategy”, “Management Consulting Today and Tomorrow” and “Consultant-Client Collaboration – Coping with Complexity and Change.” He has held visiting positions at various universities in the US and Australia. He has been giving seminars and lectures on most continents. He is on the board of several companies and he acts as a consultant.

Jens Wittrup-Willumsen, Chairman, Danish Management Society
Per Holten-Andersen, President, Copenhagen Business School
Charlotte Beder

Master of Ceremonies