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.
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.
CFO and VP, Head of IT & Finance
CRO and VP, Head of Risk Management
VP, Head of Global Trading & Market Development
VP, 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: 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: Group General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal, 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. Prior 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), including 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). President and CEO, Rambøll Group, Denmark. Former President and CEO, Siemens Wind Power, Denmark. Board member in Cubico Sustainable Investments.
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. Senior Vice President, Business Development, New Energy Solutions, Equinor ASA. Experienced leader with extensive knowledge of the entire energy value chain.
Occupation: 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: CEO of Lind Invest
Key skills: Energy trading, general management, business strategy, financial markets, business development
Background: Diploma in Business Administration. CEO of Lind Invest and founder of Danske Commodities. Various board memberships, including in Lind Capital, Lind Capital Fondsmæglerselskab and Frey P/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.
Benefitting from increased scale and automation, we delivered a strong financial performance in a transformative year, when we became part of Equinor.