Our management


The Executive Leadership Team of Danske Bank has solid international management experience. Its members draw on the knowledge and expertise gained from the financial sector in Northern Europe, such as the markets on which Danske Bank operates.

Chris Vogelzang

CEO

Glenn Söderholm

Head of Personal & Business customers

Berit Behring

Head of Large Corporates & Institutions

Frans Woelders

Chief Operating Officer

Philippe Vollot

Chief Compliance Officer

Carsten Rasch Egeriis

Head of Group Risk Management

Stephan Engels

Chief Financial Officer

Karsten Breum

Head of Group HR

How we're organised

How we're organised

Commercial Leadership Team 

In addition to the members of the Executive Leadership Team, Danske Bank’s Commercial Leadership Team consists of 12 experienced leaders who undertake important commercial roles in the Danske Bank Group. The team is responsible for ensuring strong cooperation across the Group and it focuses on developing Danske Bank’s customer offerings. The team is the key driver behind the Group’s 2023 plan to become a better and more competitive bank.
  • Members of the Commercial Leadership Team
    • Mark Wraa-Hansen (DK), Head of Personal Customers Denmark
    • Stojko Gjurovski (SE), Head of Personal Customers Nordic and Country Manager Finland
    • Johanna Norberg (SE), Head of Business Customers and Country Manager Sweden 
    • Trond Mellingsæter (NO), Country Manager Norway
    • Lars Alstrup (DK), Head of Products and Solutions, Personal & Business Customers
    • Paul Martin Gregory (UK), Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking
    • Claus Harder (DK), Head of Markets & Transaction Banking 
    • Atilla Olesen (DK), Head of Investment Banking & Securities
    • Linda Olsen (DK), COO for Personal & Business Customers
    • Rob de Ridder (NL), COO for Large Corporates & Institutions
    • Kim Larsen (DK), Head of Group Communications, Brand and Marketing
    • Christoffer Møllenbach (DK), Head of Group Finance

Directorships and other offices 

The Board of Directors has approved the directorships and other offices on the list – in accordance with section 80(1) of the Danish Financial Business Act.
  • 18. dec 2020Duties and positions approved by the Board of Directors

Remuneration

Danske Bank’s Remuneration Policy reflects the objectives of corporate governance and sustained, long-term value creation for Danske Bank shareholders. The remuneration report sets out the principles for remuneration at Danske Bank. The total remuneration of members of the Executive Leadership Team is linked to Danske Bank’s performance, whereas members of the Board of Directors receive a fixed fee.

  • 17. mar 2021Remuneration Policy

Karsten Dybvad

Chairman

See CV
Elected by the Extraordinary General Meeting in 2018. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and the Conduct & Compliance Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.

Jan Thorsgaard Nielsen

Vice Chairman

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Elected by the Extraordinary General Meeting in 2018.  Member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Conduct and Compliance Committee.

Carol Sergeant

Vice Chairman

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Elected by the AGM in 2013. Member of the Risk Committee. Member of the Conduct & Compliance Committee. 

Martin Blessing

Board member

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Elected by the AGM in 2020. Chairman of the Risk Committee.

Lars-Erik Brenøe

Board member

See CV Elected by the AGM in 2016. Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Remuneration Committee. 

Raija-Leena Hankonen

Board member

See CV

Elected by the AGM in 2020.  Chairman of the Audit Committee.  Member of the Remuneration committee.

Bente Avnung Landsnes

Board member

See CV Elected by the AGM in 2019. Member of the Nomination Committee and the Audit Committee.

Gerrit Zalm

Board member

See CV Elected by the AGM in 2019. Member of the Nomination Committee and the Risk Committee.

Bente Bang

Board  member

See CV

Elected by the employees in 2018.

Kirsten Ebbe Brich

Board member

See CV Elected by the employees in 2014. Member of the Conduct & Compliance Committee. 

Thorbjørn Lundholm Dahl

Board member

See CV Elected by the employees in 2018.

Charlotte Hoffmann

Board member

See CV Elected by the employees in 2006. Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Committees

The Board of Directors has established five committees responsible for supervising special areas or preparing matters for consideration by the entire Board of Directors.

See meeting activities in 2020
  • Audit Committee

    The Audit Committee operates as a preparatory committee for the Board of Directors with respect to Danske Bank’s accounting and auditing matters, including related risk matters. This also includes issues that the Board, the Committee itself, the Chief Audit Executive or the external auditor believe require preparatory work before being brought to the entire Board.

    Members:

    • Raija-Leena Hankonen (chairman)
    • Bente Avnung Landsnes
    • Jan Thorsgaard Nielsen

    Read the committee's charter

    Activities and meetings attended in 2020

  • Conduct & Compliance Committee

    The Conduct & Compliance Committee operates as a preparatory committee for the Board of Directors with respect to conduct and reputational risk, compliance and financial crime prevention, and other matters which the Board of Directors may want to have examined by the Conduct & Compliance Committee.

    Members:

    • Karsten Dybvad (chairman)
    • Kirsten Ebbe Brich
    • Jan Thorsgaard Nielsen
    • Carol Sergeant

    Read the committee's charter

    Activities and meetings attended in 2020

  • Nomination Committee

    The Nomination Committee operates as a preparatory committee for the Board of Directors with respect to the nomination and appointment of candidates to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Leadership Team and evaluation of the work and performance of the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors including individual evaluation of each member of the Board of Directors. 
    The committee also submits proposals to the Board of Directors on policies for succession planning as well as diversity and inclusion.

    Members:

    • Lars-Erik Brenøe (chairman)
    • Karsten Dybvad
    • Bente Avnung Landsnes
    • Gerrit Zalm

    Read the committee's charter

    Activities and meetings attended in 2020

  • Remuneration Committee

    The Remuneration Committee operates as a preparatory committee for the Board of Directors with respect to matters concerning remuneration, with focus on the remuneration of members of the Board of Directors, the Executive Leadership Team, material risk takers, key employees and executives in charge of control and internal audit functions, and on incentive programmes. The Remuneration Committee monitors trends in the Group's salary and bonus policies and practices. It monitors the incentive programmes to ensure that they promote ongoing, long-term shareholder value creation as well as compliance with the Remuneration Policy. 

    Members:

    • Karsten Dybvad (chairman)
    • Lars Erik-Brenøe 
    • Raija-Leena Hankonen
    • Charlotte Hoffmann

    Read the committee's charter

    Meetings attended in 2020

  • Risk Committee

    The Risk Committee operates as a preparatory committee for the Board of Directors with respect to Danske Bank’s risk management and related matters. The committee advises the Board of Directors on Danske Bank’s risk profile, risk culture, risk appetite, risk strategy and risk management framework.

    Members:

    • Martin Blessing (chairman)
    • Carol Sergeant
    • Gerrit Zalm

    Risk Committee charter

    Activities and meetings attended in 2020

Board of Directors 2020 meetings 

The Board of Directors met 25 times in 2020:

 Members

Meetings
attended

Karsten Dybvad25/25
Jan Thorsgaard  Nielsen25/25
Carol Sergeant 24/25 
Lars-Erik Brenøe 24/25 
Bente Bang 25/25
Kirsten Ebbe Brich 
25/25
Thorbjørn Lundholm Dahl 25/25 
Charlotte Hoffmann24/25 
Bente Avnung Landsens24/25 
Christian Sagild24/25
Gerrit Zalm
25/25
Martin Blessing12/12*
Raija-Leena Hankonen
12/12**
Jens Due Olsen6/8**


* Joined the Board of Directors in June 2020
** Left the Board of Directors in April 2020


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