Jens Mathiesen has been the group’s chief executive for Denmark, replacing the ousted Even Frydenberg.
The Nordic region’s biggest hotel group has changed its chief executive at very short notice. Jens Mathiesen, CEO of Scandic Hotels in Denmark, replaces the Norwegian Even Frydenberg with immediate effect.
Frydenberg had only held the position since August 2017, when he replaced the previous chief the Danish Frank Fiskers.
Until a new head of Scandic in Denmark has been found, Mathiesen continues also to have this function.
Jens Mathiesen has just turned 50 and has been CEO of Scandic in Denmark for over ten years. With 26 hotels in the country, Scandic is Denmark’s largest hotel chain.
“The Board has come to the conclusion that Scandic needs new leadership, so it was natural for us to be separated from Even Frydenberg,” said Chairman of the Board Per G Braathen in a statement.
“I want to emphasise that this is a leadership issue without correlation with Scandic’s financial situation. The Board of Directors thanks Even Frydenberg for his efforts for the company.”
Scandic is the Nordic region’s largest hotel chain with 280 hotels and 55,000 rooms. It operates in six countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and Germany – and has 16,000 employees.
Starting with Avis
Mathiesen comes from the Danish island of Amager, where he still lives. He has, among other things, a shipping background and came to the travel industry in 1991 via Avis Car Rental at Copenhagen Airport.
He later became a salesman at Avis Denmark and got his first managerial job there as head of partnership relations with companies such as travel agencies, airlines and credit card companies.
He worked outside the travel industry for some years but returned in 2003 as sales and marketing manager at Remmen Hotels, which today is best known as the operator of the 5-star Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen.
After that, Mathiesen spent more than four years as sales and marketing director at Norway’s Nordic Choice Hotels in Denmark before he was headhunted by Scandic in 2008 to be chief executive for Denmark.