Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport

Big ambitions. Complex Business. Growth Strategy. These are words associated with Copenhagen Airport and its CEO, Thomas Woldbye, who is determined to place Copenhagen Airport among the very top in Europe. Close to 20 billion DKK are currently being invested in preparing the airport to welcome 40 million passengers per year, not just in infrastructure but also improving the customer’s digital journey, developing sustainable solutions and climate-friendly policies.

This is no small undertaking because while the industry still projects an increase in passenger traffic, uncertainty such as a looming recession, Brexit and trade wars create highly challenging conditions for an airport. Added to that, customers and governments are pressuring the industry to come up with sustainable solutions to air travel and airports.

In this talk, Thomas Woldbye will discuss the challenges of driving ambitious growth plans in a highly complex and regulated industry that is hugely under pressure to find effective climate solutions.

About the company

Copenhagen Airports A/S is one of Europe’s oldest international airports serving Copenhagen, Zealand, the Øresund region, and a large part of southern Sweden. It is the largest airport in Scandinavia, and with 30 million passengers per year, it is the busiest for international travel in Scandinavia and the third-busiest airport in Northern Europe. It was recently named the Most Efficient Airport in Europe and has frequently been named Northern Europe’s Best Airport. More than 23,000 employees working for 700 different companies operate out of CPH.

About the speaker

Thomas Woldbye has been the CEO of Copenhagen Airport since 2011. Prior to that he worked for 27 years in various management positions with the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group, primarily with Mærsk Line. Twenty of those years were spent working abroad at Mærsk’s offices throughout Asia and Europe. From 2004 to 2010 he was Group CEO of Norfolkline Group, part of the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group, headquartered in The Hague. He has a Bachelor’s degree from CBS and executive education from London Business School and IMD in Switzerland.


17:00 Registration
17:30 Welcome by CBS MBA Alumni Society
17:35 Talk by Thomas Woldbye
19:00 Reception – refreshments and snacks
20:00 End

Event Details

Parking: Free. Parking instructions will be sent to you by e-mail prior to the event.

Registration: Please remember to register before March 3 2020 at 09:00. If all spots are taken, feel free to contact us at and we will add you to the waitlist.

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