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. Executive Management is responsible for daily operations. No person serves as a member of both bodies.
The Senior Management Group 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.
The Senior Management Group ensures that we deliver on our strategic targets, continuously live our corporate values and that these values are embedded in our organisation.
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.
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.
CFO and VP, Head of IT & Finance
CRO and VP, Head of Risk Management
VP, Head of Power Trading & Origination
VP, Head of Gas Trading & Origination
VP, Head of People & Culture
VP, Head of Legal & Compliance
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 advisors to the Senior Management Group.
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, Marketing and Trading, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Energy trading and marketing, energy value chains, strategy, business and people management.
Background: BSc. in Business (hon). Senior Vice President, Marketing and Trading, Midstream and Processing, Equinor ASA. Joined Equinor in 1991. More than 20 years of management experience from the energy sector.
Occupation: Vice President, Finance & Control, 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. Joined Equinor in 2003. Previously held the role as CFO for Equinor’s US business.
Occupation: Vice President, Communication, CEO Office, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Corporate governance, anti-corruption and ethics, corporate law, M&A, general management, emergency preparedness, petroleum law including midstream and downstream.
Background: MSc in Law. Joined Equinor in 1998. Previous legal experience from the private and public sector.
Occupation: Professional board member
Key skills: IT, risk management, corporate governance, leadership and internationalisation.
Background: MSc in Engineering and PhD in System Science. Diploma in Business Administration (Finance and Credit). Long-standing career at SimCorp (1983-2012), 11 years as CEO.
Occupation: President & CEO, Rambøll Group, Denmark
Key skills: General Management, sales, internationalisation, energy and growth.
Background: BSc in Engineering (Energy and Process Technology). Former President and CEO, Siemens Wind Power, Denmark.
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Business Development, New Energy Solutions, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Energy sales and markets, business development, strategy and management.
Background: MSc in Business. Joined Equinor in 1994. Experienced leader with broad knowledge of the entire energy value chain.
Occupation: VP Marketing and Trading, Products and Liquids, Equinor ASA
Key skills: Energy trading and marketing, leadership, global markets, risk management.
Background: BSc in Chemical Engineering. Joined Equinor in 2008. More than 10 years' trading experience in the US and global markets across several commodities.
Occupation: CEO of Lind Invest
Key skills: Energy trading, general management, business strategy, financial markets, business development
Background: Diploma in Business Administration. Founder of Danske Commodities. Various board memberships, including in Blue Equity Management A/S and Scandinavian Private Equity A/S.
A strong culture is the greatest source of competitive advantage, and a company’s culture is the responsibility of the leadership.
This is why we have developed five management principles:
The principles are firmly incorporated in the way we think and practice leadership every day. They guide management 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.
Thanks to our dedicated people and short response time in volatile energy markets, 2018 was our strongest performing year to date.