Group Executive Management and Board of Directors

Read about Topdanmark's Group Executive Management, Board of Directors, and Senior Management.

Read about Topdanmark's Group Executive Management, Board of Directors, and Senior Management.

GROUP EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors
  • Group Executive Management
  • Senior Management
  • Ricard Wennerklint / Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Elected at the AGM

    Current position held: Group Executive Vice President, Chief of Strategy, Sampo plc

    Date of Birth

    2 September 1969

    Nationality

    Swedish

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2017

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Previous positions held

    1994–1997: Financial Controller, Project Manager, Head of Financial Control, Trygg-Hansa
    1997–1999: Head of Control, Skandia P&C
    1999–2001: Senior Vice President, Head of Business and Financial Control, If P&C Insurance Ltd
    2002–2008: CFO, If P&C Insurance Ltd
    2006-2019: Managing Director, If P&C Insurance Ltd
    2008-2019: Deputy CEO, If P&C Insurance Holding Ltd
    2019-2019: Executive Director, If P&C Insurance Holding Ltd

    Education

    Business Administration and Finance, Stockholm School of Economics

    Offices held

    Member of the Board of Directors of:

    • If P&C Insurance Holding Ltd
    • Nordax Bank AB  (publ.) (Sweden)
    • Hastings Group Holdings Ltd, UK (Chairman)
    • Mandatum Holding Ltd
    Member of
    • The Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee of Topdanmark
    • The Nomination Board of Nordea Abp (Chairman)

     

    Expertise and qualifications

    The Board has defined the required competencies and qualifications for board members of Topdanmark. 
    Among these, Ricard Wennerklint possesses knowledge and experience of the following:
    Management experience from other financial businesses, board assignments in financial businesses, organisation, strategic management, insurance operations, reinsurance, long-tail business (premiums, provisions, run-off), financial and insurance reporting, general statistics, risk management and risk assessment, sales to the private market, sales to the professional market, marketing and branding, outsourcing, finance, own funds, solvency and minimum capital requirements, rules for internal models, auditing, financing and investments, regulatory environment, compliance, IT and IT security, digitalisation, recruitment and human resources.
     

    Independence

    As Ricard Wennerklint represents a controlling shareholder’s interests, he does not meet the definition of independence set out by the Committee on Corporate Governance.

  • Jens Aaløse / Deputy Chairman

    Elected at the AGM

    Current position held: Managing Partner, Maj Invest Equity

    Date of Birth

    26 September 1966

    Nationality

    Danish

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2016

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Previous positions held

    1990 - 2002 Various executive positions, SAS Scandinavian Airlines A/S
    2002 - 2006 Vice President, SAS Scandinavian Airlines A/S
    2006 - 2010 CEO, Nordic Media Link AB and Dansk Reklame Film A/S
    2010 - 2013 CEO, Danske Licens Spil A/S
    2013 - 2021 Senior Executive Vice President, TDC A/S

    Education

    B.Sc. Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

    Offices held

    Member of the Boards of Directors of:

    • Dansk Erhverv (the Danish Chamber of Commerce)
    • FDM Travel A/S
    • Sticks N Sushi (Chairman)
    • Blue Ocean Robotics (Chairman)
    • Toms Group Foundation (Gerda and Victor B. Strand's Foundation)
    Member of
    • The Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee of Topdanmark
    Expertise and qualifications

    The Board has defined the required competencies and qualifications for board members of Topdanmark. 
    Among these, Jens Aaløse possesses knowledge and experience of the following:
    Board assignments in financial businesses, organisation, strategic management, insurance operations, reinsurance, long-tail business (premiums, provisions, run-off), financial and insurance reporting, general statistics, risk management and risk assessment, sales to the private market, sales to the professional market, marketing and branding, outsourcing, finance, own funds, solvency and minimum capital requirements, auditing, financing and investments, regulatory environment, compliance, IT and IT security, digitalisation, recruitment and human resources. 
     

    Independence

    Jens Aaløse meets the definition of independence set out by the Committee on Corporate Governance

  • Elise Bundgaard

    Elected by employees

    Current position held: Chairman of De Overordnedes Forening

    Date of Birth

    14 January 1968

    Nationality

    Danish

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2019

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Offices held

    Member of the Board of Directors of:
    •    Bjatola A/S
     

  • Maria Hjorth

    Elected at the AGM

    Current positions held: Professional Board Member and General Partner & Co-Founder VÅR Ventures

    DATE OF BIRTH

    26 Oktober 1972

    NATIONALITY

    Danish

    JOINED TOPDANMARK’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    2022

    RATE OF ATTENDANCE 2021

    N/A

    PREVIOUS POSITIONS HELD

    2000 – 2002    Associate, Corporate Finance (M&A), Carnegie Bank A/S

    2002 – 2003    Project manager, Securities, Carnegie London Ltd

    2005 – 2014    Vice President Danske Bank A/S

    2014 – 2019    CEO & Partner, Mercer Danmark A/S and Mercer Pensionsrådgivning A/S

    2019 – 2021    Deputy CEO/CEO, VP Securities A/S

    EDUCATION

    Cand.polit., University of Copenhagen

    MSc Business Psychology, University of Westminster, London

    OFFICES HELD

    Member of the Board of Directors of 
    Adform A/S
    Asetek A/S
    Maj Invest Holding, Fondsmæglerselskabet Maj Invest A/S and Maj Invest Equity A/S
    Thylander Gruppen A/S (deputy chairman)
    Trifork Holding AG

    MEMBER OF

    The Audit Committee of Asetek A/S (Chairman)
    The Audit Committee of Trifork Holding AG (Chairman)
    The Audit Committee of Topdanmark

    EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    The Board has defined the required competencies and qualifications for board members of Topdanmark.
    Among these, Maria Hjort possesses knowledge and experience of the following:

    Management experience from other financial businesses, board assignments in financial businesses, organisation, strategic management, financial reporting, risk management and risk assessment, sales to the professional market, finance, own funds, auditing, financing and investments, , recruitment and human resources.
     

    INDEPENDENCE

    Maria Hjort meets the definition of independence set out by the Committee on Corporate Governance.

  • Mette Jensen

    Elected by employees

    Chairman of Forsikringsforbundet i Topdanmark

    Date of Birth

    20 June 1976

    Nationality

    Danish

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2015

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Member of
    • The Remuneration Committee of Topdanmark
  • Cristina Lage

    Elected at the AGM

    Current position held: Professional Board Member

    Date of Birth

    13 November 1954

    Nationality

    Danish

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2019

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Previous positions held

    1987–1996 Deputy Director and Group Treasurer, ISS International Service System A/S
    1992–1994 CFO, Kulturby 1996, Copenhagen
    1994–1996 CFO, ISS Scandinavia A/S
    1996–2000 CFO and CEO, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    2000–2003 CEO, TV2/Danmark A/S
    2003–2004 Head of secretariat, Det Radikale Venstre
    2004–2008 CEO, Nordea Liv og Pension A/S
    2008–2011 CEO, Nordea Invest A/S
    2011–2016 CEO, Unipension A/S

    Education
    • M.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration), Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen
    Offices held

    Member of the Board of Directors of

    • Arbejdsmiljørådet (Chairman)
    • LEO Fondet
    • C.L. Davids Fond
    • Det Obelske Familiefond
    • OK-Fonden
    Member of
    • The Investment Committee of LEO Fondet (Chairman)
    • The Audit Committee of Topdanmark
    Expertise and qualifications

    The Board has defined the required competencies and qualifications for board members of Topdanmark. 
    Among these, Cristina Lage possesses knowledge and experience of the following:
    Management experience from other financial businesses, board assignments in financial businesses, organisation, strategic management, insurance operations, reinsurance, long-tail business (premiums, provisions, run-off), financial and insurance reporting, general statistics, risk management and risk assessment, sales to the private market, sales to the professional market, marketing and branding, outsourcing, finance, own funds, solvency and minimum capital requirements, rules for internal models, auditing, financing and investments, regulatory environment, compliance, IT and IT security, digitalisation, recruitment and human resources.
     

    Independence

    Cristina Lage meets the definition of independence set out by the Committee on Corporate Governance

  • Petri Niemisvirta

    Elected at the AGM

    Current position held: Executive Director, Mandatum Group and Mandatum Life Insurance Company Ltd

    Date of Birth

    19 February 1970

    Nationality

    Finnish

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2017

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Previous positions held

    1995 – 1999: Kaleva Mutual Insurance Company
    1999 – 2000: Sampo Life Insurance Company Limited
    2000 – 2001: Managing Director, Evli Life Ltd
    2001 – 2021: Managing Director, Mandatum Life Insurance Company Limited

    Education
    • LL.M., University of Turku
    Offices held

    Member of the Boards of Directors of:

    • Mandatum Asset Management Ltd (Finland)
    • Kaleva Mutual Insurance Company (Chairman) (Finland)
    • Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company (Finland)
    • The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
    • Alma Media Corporation
    • Finance Finland (FFI)
    • Finance Finland Life Insurance
    • Midaxo Oy
    Member of
    • The Group Executive Committee of Sampo
    • The Executive Committee of Finance Finland Life Insurance
    Expertise and qualifications

    The Board has defined the required competencies and qualifications for board members of Topdanmark. 
    Among these, Petri Niemisvirta possesses knowledge and experience of the following:
    Management experience from other financial businesses, board assignments in financial businesses, organisation, strategic management, insurance operations, long-tail business (premiums, provisions, run-off), financial and insurance reporting, general statistics, risk management and risk assessment, sales to the private market, sales to the professional market, marketing and branding, finance, own funds, solvency and minimum capital requirements, auditing, financing and investments, regulatory environment, compliance, IT and IT security, digitalisation, recruitment and human resources.

    Independence

    As Petri Niemisvirta represents a controlling shareholder’s interests, he does not meet the definition of independence set out by the Committee on Corporate Governance

  • Michael Noer

    Elected by employees

    Current position held: Chairman of Assurandørforeningen of Topdanmark

    DATE OF BIRTH

    24 April 1973

    NATIONALITY

    Danish

    JOINED TOPDANMARK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    2022

    RATE OF ATTENDANCE 2021

    N/A

  • Morten Thorsrud

    Elected at the AGM

    Current position held: President and CEO, If P&C Insurance Ltd (publ.)

    Date of Birth

    23 December 1971

    Nationality

    Norwegian

    Joined Topdanmark's Board of Directors

    2019

    Rate of attendance 2021

    100%

    Previous positions held

    1996-2002: Various positions including Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc., Norway/Europe

    2002–2004: Head of Corporate Strategy, If P&C Insurance Ltd. (publ)

    2004–2005 Head of Industrial Underwriting and Claims, If P&C Insurance Ltd (publ)

    2005–2013 Head of BA Industrial, If P&C Insurance Ltd (publ)

    2013–2019 Group Executive Vice President, Head of BA Private, If P&C Insurance Ltd (publ)

    Education
    • Master of Business and Economics., Norwegian School of Management
    Offices held

    Member of the Board of Directors of

    • Finans Norge
    • Euronext N.V.
    • Hastings Group
    Member of
    • The Group Executive Committee of Sampo
    • The Audit Committee of Euronext N.V.
    Expertise and qualifications

    The Board has defined the required competencies and qualifications for board members of Topdanmark. 
    Among these, Morten Thorsrud possesses knowledge and experience of the following:
    Management experience from other financial businesses, board assignments in financial businesses, organisation, strategic management, insurance operations, reinsurance, long-tail business (premiums, provisions, run-off), financial and insurance reporting, general statistics, risk management and risk assessment, sales to the private market, sales to the professional market, marketing and branding, outsourcing, finance, own funds, solvency and minimum capital requirements, rules for internal models, auditing, financing and investments, regulatory environment, compliance, IT and IT security, digitalisation, recruitment and human resources.

    Independence

    As Morten Thorsrud represents a controlling shareholder’s interests, he does not meet the definition of
    independence set out by the Committee on Corporate Governance.

  • Peter Hermann*

    CEO, Topdanmark and Topdanmark Forsikring

    Joined the Group Executive Management on 5 February 2018

    *Registered member of Topdanmark's Group Executive Management

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1973

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2016

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • Topdanmark A/S
    OFFICES HELD

    Member of the Board of Directors of:

    • Forsikring & Pension
    • KBC Brussels
  • Lars Kufall Beck*

    CFO, Topdanmark and Topdanmark Forsikring

    Joined the Group Executive Management on 10 August 2021

    *Registered member of Topdanmark's Group Executive Management

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1974

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2021

    RESPONSIBLE FOR

    Asset Management

    Finance

    IR

    Accounting

    Statistical Services

    Reinsurance

    Tax

    Credits

  • Vivian Byrholt

    CEO, Topdanmark Livsforsikring

    Joined the Group Executive Management March 2021

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1968

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2018

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • Life and Pensions
  • Monica Diaz

    CCO

    Joined the Group Executive Management March 2021

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1979

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2019

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • Agricultural & SME
  • Carsten Elmose

    CCO

    Joined the Group Executive Management March 2021

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1973

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2019

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • The Private segment
  • Louise Hørdum

    CPO

    Joined the Group Executive Management March 2021

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1970

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2018

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • Human Resources and Communication
  • Henrik Orloff

    CAO

    Joined the Group Executive Management March 2021

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1963

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2019

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • Price
    • Product
    • Marketing
  • Rasmus Ruby-Johansen

    COO

    Joined the Group Executive Management February 2022

     

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    1976

    JOINED TOPDANMARK

    2017

    RESPONSIBLE FOR
    • Claims

    • Customer execellence

    • Procurement

  • Anders W. Frederiksen

    Responsible for Communication

    D.O.B. 1974, joined Topdanmark in 2020

  • André Pasbjerg

    Responsible for Project and Program Delivery

    D.O.B. 1970, joined Topdanmark in 2019
     

  • Anne Christina Skjønnemand

    Responsible for Group Secretariat

    D.O.B. 1965, joined Topdanmark in 1994

  • Carsten Dam Pedersen

    Responsible for Statistical and Actuarial Services

    D.O.B. 1959, joined Topdanmark in 1988

  • Flemming Engelhardt

    Responsible for Property Investment Company & Internal Services

    D.O.B 1966, joined Topdanmark in 2018 

  • Henrik Thornval

    Responsible for Asset Management

    D.O.B. 1965, joined Topdanmark in 1989 

  • Jakob Laursen

    Responsible for Pricing

    D.O.B 1963, joined Topdanmark in 2019 

  • Jens Ellborg

    Responsible for Reinsurance

    D.O.B. 1964, joined Topdanmark in 1992

  • Jens Green

    Responsible for Marketing

    D.O.B. 1966, joined Topdanmark in 1998

  • Lars Skovsende

    Responsible for Internal Audit

    D.O.B 1972, joined Topdanmark in 2014 

  • Marie-Louise Krogh Bisgaard

    Responsible for the Executive Board Secretariat, Strategy and Sustainability

    D.O.B. 1967, joined Topdanmark in 2000

  • Morten Hald

    Responsible for Procurement

    D.O.B. 1968, joined Topdanmark in 2020

  • Rasmus Strømsted

    Responsible for IT Architecture and Technology

    D.O.B 1978, joined Topdanmark in 2020

  • Robin Løfgren

    Head of Investor Relations

    D.O.B. 1988, joined Topdanmark in 2021