Niels Lunde in conversation with Danfoss CEO Niels B. Christiansen

In 2008, Niels B. Christiansen took the reins of Danfoss as CEO. With the financial crisis looming over Danfoss, Niels set out to build a new Danfoss that would not only survive the crisis but grow stronger and be more focused. After almost ten years on the post, Niels B. Christiansen recently announced his departure from Danfoss. He will be leaving a Danfoss in great shape to COO Kim Fausing on 1st of July.

Through his book, The New Danfoss, Editor in Chief at Børsen, Niels Lunde, has looked at the impressive turn-around of Danfoss and Niels B. Christiansen’s leadership of one of Denmark’s largest industrial companies. 

With reference to the many interviews and his unique insight into Danfoss, Niels Lunde will be talking to Niels B. Christiansen about his strategy and vision for setting a new direction for Danfoss and his accomplishments as CEO.

Engineering Tomorrow

With more than 25.000 employees across more than 100 countries, Danfoss plays an active role in the main growth themes in the world such as infrastructure, food, energy and climate. Through innovative technology solutions, Danfoss is a value-driven company that is on a mission to make energy consumption more efficient and technologies more advanced. They call their strategy Core & Clear.

About Niels B. Christiansen, Danfoss

Niels B. Christiansen started his career as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Co. from 1991-95. From 1995-1997, he was Vice President Corporate Development at Hilti Corp after which he worked at GN Netcom where he was promoted to President & CEO in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed Group Executive Vice President at GN Store Nord. He joined Danfoss A/S in 2004 as Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee for Danfoss A/S.  He became COO in 2005 and Vice CEO in 2006 before taking on the role as President & CEO in 2008. On July 1 2017, Niels B. Christiansen will be stepping down from the CEO post.

Niels B. Christiansen graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering in 1991 and holds an MBA from INSEAD from 1993.

About Niels Lunde, Børsen

Niels Lunde is the Editor in Chief at Børsen where he writes about Danish and international executives, their tools, approaches and results. He is has a Masters degree in political science from Aarhus University (1988) and is the author of several business books about Denmark’s most prominent CEOs such as ”100 topchefer ” (2014), "Miraklet i Lego" (2012), ”100 topchefer” (2011) og ”Hr. Møllers nye mand” (2008) and most lately "Det ny Danfoss" (2015).


17:00 Registration
17:30 Welcome by CBS MBA Alumni Society
17:35 Interview of Danfoss CEO Niels B. Christensen by Niels Lunde
18:30 Q&A
19:00 Reception with drinks and snacks
20:00 End

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