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Lars Sandahl Sørensen (photo: SAS)

SAS executive vice president to depart

Lars Sandahl Sørensen will be leaving the airline to take the helm at the Confederation of Danish Industry.

SAS’ executive vice president and chief operating officer, Lars Sandahl Sørensen, has decided to leave the company to fill a position as new chief executive of the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri).

He will start his new position in mid-August, but the specific dates for his final day at SAS and his first at Dansk Industri have yet to be confirmed. SAS is now in search of a new deputy president.

“To develop and grow talent is one of the most important things in business, and I’m very pleased that Lars’ career at SAS has contributed and shaped his industrial leadership to put him in position for such an important and challenging position as CEO of Dansk Industri, and I wish him the very best in his future career,” says Rickard Gustafson, the airline’s chief executive.

Sandahl Sørensen has been in his current position at SAS since 2015, and he has among other things led the airline’s development and transformation initiatives as well as personally leading a number of SAS Group companies.

Broad experience
He was previously a senior adviser at a number of investment companies and private equity funds. He has been commercial director at the facility services firm ISS Group and was also chief executive of Visit Denmark and the Danish Tourist Board.

He has also been a senior consultant at the Confederation of Danish Industry’s international department and was employed by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He has lived and worked in, for example, Japan, the UK, the USA and Australia and, in addition to his employment, has held a significant number of board positions in Denmark and abroad.

Lars Sandahl Sørensen’s predecessor, Karsten Dybvad, resigned from his position last December in connection with an appointment to Danske Bank’s board of directors.

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