The Society (VL)
The Danish Management Society (VL) VL is the leading Danish non-profit network for Industry Leaders; C-suite executives, board members, politicians and opinion leaders. The purpose of the Danish Management Society is based on the objects clause articulated for the founding of the Society on 8 April 1965:
The purpose of the Society is to promote modern, responsible leadership and management by means of sharing knowledge and engaging in dialogue and, in so doing, contribute to the sustainable, financial progress and general improvement of the standard of living in Denmark and the world we live in.
The Society conducts its activities primarily through the VL Groups, which meet at regular intervals to share experiences, knowledge and ideas across industries and sectors of Danish society – preferably with international vision.
The Society is non-profit, and we work to enhance our members’ ability to shoulder not only managerial tasks, but also the unique responsibility instilled in business leaders as fellow citizens. We have about 4,000 members, organised into network groups (VL-groups) of roughly 30–40 each.
Membership is by invitation only. In other words, it is not possible to buy access to the Society.
What we do
VL works particularly through the VL-groups, which meet at regular intervals to share experiences and viewpoints across industries and sectors of Danish society. We endeavour to inspire the dialogue within the individual groups to not only deal with management issues, but also general societal conditions and the roles of executives relating to this.
We also arrange events for members across the groups. In addition, we take part in national and international organisations to the extent defined by the Governing Board and disseminate lessons learned and information obtained to our members and, if relevant, to others.
What we do not do
We do not run a commercial business which seeks to earn a profit; we do not have a political goal, and we do not represent any of our members’ special interests. VL being non-profit, income and assets may solely be used to advance the Society’s purpose which is to promote modern, responsible leadership by means of sharing knowledge and engaging in dialogue and thereby contribute to the sustainable, financial progress and general improvement of the standard of living in Denmark and the world we live in.
Ida Bratting Kongsted
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Ida Bratting Kongsted
Ida Bratting Kongsted is CEO of the Danish Management Society and represents the Society at a number of events transcending all VL groups, including the Annual Danish Top Executive Summit, Årstemaet (Annual Theme), etc.
In cooperation with the Governing Board, Ida sets the forward-looking strategy for the Danish Management Society to ensure the continued success and exclusivity of the Annual Danish Top Executive Summit, which have been its hallmarks ever since it began in 1965.
Ida Bratting Kongsted left a position at AS3 Executive to take up her duties at the Danish Management Society in 2018.
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Mette is employed as Project Manager and assists in developing larger projects in VL. Projects such as Årstema (Annual Theme), VL Døgn (Annual Danish Top Executive Summit) and other events that are relevant to all VL groups.
Mette has for 10 years worked as a Project Manager with development and consulting in large projects in AS3. She has most recently lived and worked in Indonesia and in California (Silicon Valley) where she has had assignments in connection to consulting, communication and conceptualization. Apart from relevant courses in project management, project coordination, test feedback, etc. Mette holds a Masters degree in Communication and Psychology and is a certified Psychotherapist.
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Tinne is responsible for coordination and communication in connection with news releases as well as events organized by the Society.
With her Master’s degree in humanities and 10 years of professional experience, Tinne has sharp competencies within linguistics, translation, coordination and service, across several sectors and cultures. Besides her work as a freelance translator, Tinne has most recently worked as Personal Assistant at Arup and previously held the same title at the Turkish Embassy in Copenhagen.
The Supervisory Board
Strategy Director Altinget and Monday Morning, former Editor in Chief and commentator.
Member of VL 1, Copenhagen
Lisbeth Knudsen is the chairman of the Danish Management Society and Strategy Director Altinget and Monday Morning, former Editor in Chief and commentator.. She is also the chairman of the Danish fact checking website TjekDet.dk.
Lisbeth is a seasoned executive who has previously held the position of CEO at the Berlingske Media group and she has been the editor-in-chief of the Berlingske newspaper.
In addition, she has been the news director of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), as well as a member of its management team. She has also held the position of CEO and editor-in-chief of A-pressen and the newspaper Det Fri Aktuelt.
Lisbeth has served as both chairman and board member of the Danish Media Association and she has also been the chairman of the Royal Danish Theatre.
Today, Lisbeth is the chairman of the Danish school of journalism DMJX, as well as a board member of NIRAS Group A/S, the communications museum ENIGMA, and the Illum Foundation. She is also member of the board of representatives at the Danish Marketing Association.
A professional journalist who brings more than 40 years of leadership experience to the table, Lisbeth has boardroom experience from nearly all kinds of companies, ranging from start-ups to politically owned companies and traditional businesses, including both international private ownership and private equity.
Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell Technologies, CEE
Member of VL64, Copenhagen
Anja Monrad is the senior vice president at Dell Technologies and head of the company’s Eastern European region. She is an executive sponsor for Dell’s entrepreneurship initiatives in EMEA, with a special passion for promoting female entrepreneurship.
Anja is a recognised profile among the most inspiring women on the northern technology stage, having won several prizes and being a popular keynote speaker on topics such as digitalisation, diversity, and female business leaders.
In 2000, Anja started her career at Dell as their Nordic marketing director, leading to an international career in several different regional and global positions within the company. Since 2013, Anja has been responsible for Dell’s business in Central- & Eastern Europe.
She has also held different management positions in companies such as Unisys, Compaq and Digital.
Appointed by the European Commission as chairman of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board, she is also a board member of Digital Europe and of the Danish ICT Industry Association (IT-Branchen).
Anja holds an MSc in Economics from CBS (1989). Born in Poland, she has lived in Copenhagen for most of her life.
Anne Mette Dissing-Immerkær
Partner, Heidrick & Struggles, Copenhagen
Member of VL, Copenhagen
Anne Mette Dissing-Immerkær
Today, Anne Mette Dissing-Immerkær is a partner at the executive search company Heidrick & Struggles in Copenhagen. With a strong background within executive search – achieved through many years of working in the business, she has developed a large portfolio that includes leading multinational and Danish companies representing a wide range of industries. In particular, Anne Mette has strong expertise within the industrial, consumer, and retail sector, as well as the public sector.
Over time, Anne Mette has built an extensive network with the majority of Denmark’s ’rising stars’ as well as with the highest levels of Danish and international business.
Anne Mette has assisted in a wide range of recruitments of executives and board members in both Denmark and internationally. For this reason, she is today recognised as one of the leading executive search consultants in Denmark.
Prior to her position as partner with the executive search firm Amrop in 2012, Anne Mette was partner at Odgers Berndtson for five years. She has also held the position of director of all executive training programmes at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), including the executive MBA programmes.
Anne Mette holds an MSc in economics from CBS (1990) and also holds an MBA from Washington State University.
Member of VL2, Copenhagen
Jesper Nygård has been the CEO of Realdania since 2013.
In addition, he holds the position of chairman of the board at Realdania By & Byg, as well as at the Homeowners Knowledge Center A/S (Bolius). He is also the vice chairman of Fondenes Videncenter.
Jesper is a member of the board at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40 Cities), as well as at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) and Brøndby IF A/S.
He became a member of the board at Realdania in 2003 and became the chairman in 2009 – but he withdrew from the board in 2013, when he became CEO of the company.
Prior to joining Realdania, Jesper was the CEO of KAB (Københavns Almindelige Boligselskab) for 17 years. He was also the chairman of the National Building Foundation (Landsbyggefonden) from 2000-2013, as well as a board member of Boligselskabernes Landsforening (today BL – Danmarks Almene Boliger) for 23 years.
Jesper is 57 years old and has more than 25 years of leadership experience. He holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from Roskilde University in 1989.
Professional board member
Member of VL 6, Aarhus
Michael Christiansen is the vice-chairman of the Danish Management Society.
He is also the chairman, CFO and partner at PriceShape and also a professional board member in a wide range of different companies.
Michael is also the chairman of Golfexperten and Ka-ching, the vice-chairman of KFI Erhvervsdrivende Fond, the vice-chairman of Dagrofa and a member of the Compensation Committee.
Furthermore, Michael is currently a board member of Unisport as well as a board member of Bygma, one of the largest Danish suppliers to the construction industry.
Michael has previously held the position of CEO at both Fakta and SILVAN and has been part of group management at Coop Danmark A/S, as well as group vice president of DT Group (the STARK Group).
In total, Michael has more than 30 years of experience with executive leadership in retail, including more than 23 years as a member of group management in various corporate groups – most recently at IDdesign A/S, where he was the CEO from 2011-2018.
CFO, Aion Bank
Member of VL88, Warszawa
Niels Lundorff has been the CFO of Aion Bank, Belgium, since 2019.
He is a former investor and investment advisor, as well as the former co-founder and assistant general manager of Alior Bank, Poland – the largest private ’greenfield banking’ start-up in the world.
From 1993-2007, Niels served as the banking executive of Bank Austria’s subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and Poland. He has also been the senior executive vice president in the UniCredit group, Italy.
In addition, Niels has experience as auditor in KPMG in Denmark, Norway, and Czechoslovakia as well as system constructor at Datacentralen.
Businesswise, Niels is currently engaged in OnWelo.com which offers IT employees “for lease” on a monthly basis or for projects. The company was started by two experienced directors from the IT business in June 2015 (financed by several former Alior leaders). It now employs 300 IT engineers, with a goal of scaling up to 4000 IT engineers this year, serving customers in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UAE. Niels holds an MSc in Business Administration and Auditing from CBS in 1994.
CEO, De Samvirkende Købmænd, and former secretary-general of Denmark’s Conservative Party
Member of VL9, Copenhagen
John Wagner has been CEO of De Samvirkende Købmænd (DSK) since 1995 and has served on various boards in the retail commodities trade.
John has served on the boards of the Danish Broadcasting Company and the graphic design company Formula Holding A/S, and he is currently chairman of the foundation ‘Fonden af 1. oktober 1959’, a member of the board of Nordsjællands Center for Lokale Fødevarer (North Zealand Centre for Local Foods), a member of the board of representatives of Dansk Markedsføring (Danish Marketing) and a member of the Trade Committee under the Danish Chamber of Commerce. He is an expert assessor for the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court.
John has gained experience of the interplay of the public sector with the business community as a member of several commissions and partnerships, most recently the Partnership for Vibrant Urban Centres and the Retail Trade Partnership, set up by the Danish Minister for Business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
John is also a network coordinator for organisation executives and a regular commentator in the magazine Mandag Morgen and on TV2’s News & Co. He recently authored Schlüters Politiske Testamente (Schlüter’s Political Testament) (Gyldendal, 2019).
He is also a qualified journalist, having served as political editor of the Danish newspapers Jyllands-Posten, Weekendavisen and Børsens Nyhedsmagasin, after which he was debate editor and editorialist for Berlingske Tidende, before becoming secretary-general of Denmark’s Conservative Party from 1988 to 1992.
Lars Sander Matjeka
Member of VL 91, Copenhagen
Lars Sander Matjeka
Lars Sander Matjeka is a professional board member and has previously been the chairman of the board at many different companies, such as OTW Denmark, UBD, and Kvantum.
Lars has many years of business experience as the former CEO of Aller Media A/S from 2017 to 2020. Prior to this, he held the position of CEO at two of Aller’s subsidiaries and has also been the marketing and communications director at SAS Institute.
Lars began his career at A.P. Moller-Maersk, where he obtained his first leadership position at the age of only 21. Later, he took on the position of marketing manager with Cognos (Today IBM Cognos Analytics) and with the advertising company Gorm & Larsen as their business unit manager.
Lars is 47 years old and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from CBS in 2000.
Peter Kaas Hammer
CEO, Kemp & Lauritzen A/S.
Member of VL73, Copenhagen
Peter Kaas Hammer
Peter Kaas Hammer was appointed CEO of Kemp & Lauritzen A/S in 2017. Kemp & Lauritzen is Denmark’s leading engineering company with 2,500 employees. The company is a B2B and B2G undertaking whose platform of expertise makes it a significant operator in the construction industry, manufacturing industry and service sectors.
Peter launched his career with the consulting firm Qvartz (now Bain & Company) in 2001. He began working for MT Højgaard (now MTH) in 2006, where he served as a member of the executive management team for several years, tasked with developing the affiliated subsidiaries, among other duties, and served on several of the boards. Peter became managing director of Ajos A/S (MTH-owned company) in 2011 and managing director of Lindpro A/S (MTH-owned engineering company) in 2013.
Peter’s career in a low-margin sector is based on his sound analytical and practical approach, which focuses on strategic, tactical and operational aspects.
Peter received his master’s degree in economics from Aarhus University in 2001 and attended the Cranfield School of Management as part of his studies.
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