Søren Skou plays a significant role in shaping the future of logistics by leading the world’s biggest shipping company. Doing business in over 130 countries, the leader of Maersk must understand the importance of connecting with others. To build a competitive business in the global shipping industry, Søren Skou needs to ensure alignment among more than 76,000 employees. Skou started as a shipping trainee at Maersk in 1983 and has since held various positions within the company. This gives him an exceptional understanding of how the organisation works, which he can utilise when making key decisions on the future of Maersk.
Founded in 1904, Maersk has grown into the world’s largest container shipping company with a global market share of 18%. Previously present in other sectors such as energy and retail, Maersk has divested some of its activities to focus on its core competency: shipping. In line with this, they operate the largest private fleet in the world with more than 750 ships and generated revenue of USD 30.9 billion in 2017.
CEO, A.P. Moller – Maersk
2016 – Present
CEO, Maersk Line
2012 – Present
CEO, Maersk Tankers
2001 – 2011
Head of Crude and Product, Maersk Tankers
1999 – 2001
Various positions, Maersk Line
1983 – 1998
Master of Business Adminstration, IMD
Graduate Diploma (HD), Business
Adminstration, Copenhagen Business School