Danske Commodities has a two-tier management structure. The Board of Directors supervises the performance of the company and participates in determining the company strategy. Senior Leadership is responsible for daily operations. No person serves as a member of both bodies.
Senior Leadership is responsible for the execution of strategic initiatives and for the operative supervising of the organisation by management of the overall performance of the company through target setting, monitoring and follow-up.
Senior Leadership ensures that we deliver on our strategic targets, continuously live our corporate values and that these values are embedded in our organisation.
CEO and interim CFO, Head of IT & Finance
Helle Østergaard Kristiansen was born in 1978 in Hobro, Northern Jutland. For almost a decade, Helle has been instrumental in shaping Danske Commodities, and she has helped grow the organisation from 30 to 300 employees in her previous roles as CRO and CFO. Besides the role of CEO at DC, she is currently a board member of Systematic A/S and DS Norden A/S.
Helle has a background in the banking sector and has a Master's in Business Economics and Auditing from Aarhus University. She lives in Aarhus with her husband and three children.
CRO and VP, Head of Risk Management
VP, Head of Global Trading & Market Development and interim Head of European Gas Trading
VP, Head of People & Culture
VP, Head of Legal & Compliance
VP, Head of European Power Trading
The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the overall strategic management and the financial and managerial control of the group are conducted adequately in all respects. They act as formal advisers to Senior Leadership.
As a collective body, the members of the Board combine key industry insights, expertise from European energy markets, risk management and financial skills with several years of management experience from international businesses.
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Head of Gas & Power, Marketing, Midstream and Processing, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Finance, strategy, valuations, risk management, performance management, M&A and upstream oil and gas.
Background: MSc in Economics and Finance. Vice President, Finance & Control, Marketing, Midstream and Processing, Equinor ASA. Previously held the role as CFO for Equinor’s US business.
Occupation: Vice President, Finance & Control, Marketing, Midstream and Processing, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Finance, strategy, valuations, risk management, procurement and upstream oil and gas.
Background: MSc in Finance and Process Engineering. Joined Equinor in 2006. Previously held the role as VP for Procurement Business Support.
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Digitalisation, strategy, operational analytics, supply chain management.
Background: MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management and MBA in Business Administration. Joined Equinor in 2008. Prior experience from management consulting.
Occupation: President & CEO, Rambøll Group, Denmark
Key skills: General Management, sales, internationalisation, energy and growth.
Background: BSc in Engineering (Energy and Process Technology). President and CEO, Rambøll Group, Denmark. Former President and CEO, Siemens Wind Power, Denmark. Board member in Cubico Sustainable Investments.
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Crude, Products and Liquids, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Energy trading and marketing, leadership, global markets, risk management.
Background: BSc in Chemical Engineering. Vice President, Products and Liquids, Equinor ASA. More than 15 years' trading experience in the US and global markets across several commodities.
Occupation: Vice President, Power and Markets, New Energy Solutions, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Leadership, renewables, strategy, energy trading, market analysis, business development & regulatory framework.
Background: Master's in Economics. Almost 20 years of experience from global energy markets. Previously held the roles of Vice President, Market Analysis, and Vice President, Area Development, NCS, Equinor ASA
Occupation: Founder and CEO of European Energy A/S
Key skills: General management, strategy, renewable asset development, energy technology
Background: Master's in Civil Engineering. Founder and CEO of Inside Technology A/S, founder and CEO of Sentic A/S
A strong culture is the greatest source of competitive advantage, and a company’s culture is the responsibility of the leadership.
That is why we have developed seven leadership capabilities, calling on leaders to impact our business and grow our people through:
The principles are firmly incorporated in the way we think and practice leadership every day. They guide our leadership in ensuring a winning culture. For the benefit of our company, our people and our business partners.
Our values define us as a company – and as individuals – by providing the framework for how we conduct business. They guide us in everything we do, from strategic business decisions to day-to-day activities. We create a unique, diverse and dynamic culture by adhering to our values:
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Innovation, speed to market and business acumen have been key factors in Danske Commodities' solid financial performance over the years.
Although energy markets and ways of working were seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, earnings for 2020 were stable and level with the previous year.