Advisory Board

Lars Rebien Sørensen

Chairman

Copenhagen

Lars Rebien Sørensen became a chairman of Axcel's Advisory Board in 2018. Lars is former CEO of Novo Nordisk and Novo Holdings A/S, and he is now chairman of the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Novo Holdings A/S. He also sits on the boards of Jungbunzlauer, SCA, and Thermo Fischer Scientific and is an affiliate professor at Copenhagen Business School. He was named the world’s best-performing CEO by Harvard Business Review in both 2015 and 2016. He holds an MSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and a BSc in International Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

Christian Frigast

Executive Chairman, Partner

Copenhagen

Christian Frigast helped found Axcel and was managing partner from 1994 to 2016. He is now a partner and executive chairman. He is chairman of Axcel Management, Danish Ship Finance Holding, DVCA and EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit, Vice Chairman of PANDORA and PostNord, and he also sits on the board of Nissens. Christian co-founded and chairs Axcel’s think-tank, Axcelfuture, and is an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School. Before joining Axcel, he worked at Incentive and Nordea. Christian holds an MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen.

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Mette Vestergaard

Copenhagen

Mette Vestergaard joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2013. Mette is EVP for Global People & Business Transformation at LEO Pharma and previously held senior positions at Novozymes and at Mannaz. She is vice chairman of DHI and sits on the boards of DESMI, LEO Innovation Lab, and Copenhagen Business School. Mette holds an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University.

Lars Westerberg

Copenhagen

Lars Westerberg joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2006. Lars is a former president and CEO of Gränges, ESAB and Autoliv and currently sits on the boards of Sandvik and Stena AB. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a BSc in Business Administration from Stockholm University and is also a graduate of the Swedish Air Force Flying School.

Lars Munch

Copenhagen

Lars Munch joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2011. Lars is a former CEO and now chairman of JP/Politikens Hus. He is also chairman of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Museumsfonden and Louisiana-Fonden, BRFfonden, BRFholding A/S, SOS Children’s Villages Denmark, the Press Freedom and Development Fund (Paris) and GUBI A/S. He also sits on the boards of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the European Press Prize (Amsterdam) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He holds an MSc in Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

Jens W. Moberg

Copenhagen

Jens W. Moberg joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2009. Jens is a chairman of Grundfos and LE34, among others, and was previously a CVP at Microsoft and CEO of Better Place Danmark and Alectia. He holds a BSc in Marketing from Copenhagen Business School and was a financial trainee at A.P. Møller - Mærsk.

Peter Schütze

Copenhagen

Peter Schütze joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2011. Peter is a former member of the Group Executive Management at Nordea AB and CEO of Nordea Bank Danmark. He is now chairman of SimCorp A/S, DSB SOV, Falck, the Nordea Foundation, the Nordea Bank Foundation and the Danish SDG Investment Fund. He also sits on the board of the Lundbeck Foundation and the Systemic Risk Council. He holds an MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen.

Peter Damgaard Jensen

Copenhagen

Peter Damgaard Jensen joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2002. Peter is CEO of PKA, chairman of IIGCC and vice chairman of Forca, and he also sits on the board of Insurance & Pension Denmark. He is commisioner at the Global Commission on Adaption. He holds an MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University.

Mads Nipper

Copenhagen

Mads Nipper joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2018. Mads is CEO at Grundfos and was previously chief marketing officer (CMO) and executive vice president at LEGO. He is currently vice chairman of Danish Crown and sits on the board of Bang & Olufsen. He holds an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University.

Jørgen Høholt

Copenhagen

Jørgen Høholt joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2018. Jørgen is former head of coporate investment banking in Nordea DK and now sits on the boards of EKF, Sydbank and HE Jørgensen. He is also a senior advisor at the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU). He holds an MSc in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and attended the Inter-Alpha Banking School at INSEAD.

Marika Fredriksson

Copenhagen

Marika Fredriksson joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2019. Marika is executive vice president & CFO in Vestas Wind Systems where she has been part of Executive Management since 2013. She has previously been CFO in Gambro, Autoliv and Volvo Construction Equipment and sits on the boards of Sandvik AB and SSAB. She holds an MBA from the Swedish School of Economics in Finland.

Advisory Board

Lars Rebien Sørensen

Chairman

Copenhagen

Lars Rebien Sørensen became a chairman of Axcel's Advisory Board in 2018. Lars is former CEO of Novo Nordisk and Novo Holdings A/S, and he is now chairman of the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Novo Holdings A/S. He also sits on the boards of Jungbunzlauer, SCA, and Thermo Fischer Scientific and is an affiliate professor at Copenhagen Business School. He was named the world’s best-performing CEO by Harvard Business Review in both 2015 and 2016. He holds an MSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and a BSc in International Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

Christian Frigast

Executive Chairman, Partner

Copenhagen

Christian Frigast helped found Axcel and was managing partner from 1994 to 2016. He is now a partner and executive chairman. He is chairman of Axcel Management, Danish Ship Finance Holding, DVCA and EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit, Vice Chairman of PANDORA and PostNord, and he also sits on the board of Nissens. Christian co-founded and chairs Axcel’s think-tank, Axcelfuture, and is an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School. Before joining Axcel, he worked at Incentive and Nordea. Christian holds an MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen.

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Mette Vestergaard

Copenhagen

Mette Vestergaard joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2013. Mette is EVP for Global People & Business Transformation at LEO Pharma and previously held senior positions at Novozymes and at Mannaz. She is vice chairman of DHI and sits on the boards of DESMI, LEO Innovation Lab, and Copenhagen Business School. Mette holds an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University.

Lars Westerberg

Copenhagen

Lars Westerberg joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2006. Lars is a former president and CEO of Gränges, ESAB and Autoliv and currently sits on the boards of Sandvik and Stena AB. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a BSc in Business Administration from Stockholm University and is also a graduate of the Swedish Air Force Flying School.

Lars Munch

Copenhagen

Lars Munch joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2011. Lars is a former CEO and now chairman of JP/Politikens Hus. He is also chairman of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Museumsfonden and Louisiana-Fonden, BRFfonden, BRFholding A/S, SOS Children’s Villages Denmark, the Press Freedom and Development Fund (Paris) and GUBI A/S. He also sits on the boards of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the European Press Prize (Amsterdam) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He holds an MSc in Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

Jens W. Moberg

Copenhagen

Jens W. Moberg joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2009. Jens is a chairman of Grundfos and LE34, among others, and was previously a CVP at Microsoft and CEO of Better Place Danmark and Alectia. He holds a BSc in Marketing from Copenhagen Business School and was a financial trainee at A.P. Møller - Mærsk.

Peter Schütze

Copenhagen

Peter Schütze joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2011. Peter is a former member of the Group Executive Management at Nordea AB and CEO of Nordea Bank Danmark. He is now chairman of SimCorp A/S, DSB SOV, Falck, the Nordea Foundation, the Nordea Bank Foundation and the Danish SDG Investment Fund. He also sits on the board of the Lundbeck Foundation and the Systemic Risk Council. He holds an MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen.

Peter Damgaard Jensen

Copenhagen

Peter Damgaard Jensen joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2002. Peter is CEO of PKA, chairman of IIGCC and vice chairman of Forca, and he also sits on the board of Insurance & Pension Denmark. He is commisioner at the Global Commission on Adaption. He holds an MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University.

Mads Nipper

Copenhagen

Mads Nipper joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2018. Mads is CEO at Grundfos and was previously chief marketing officer (CMO) and executive vice president at LEGO. He is currently vice chairman of Danish Crown and sits on the board of Bang & Olufsen. He holds an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University.

Jørgen Høholt

Copenhagen

Jørgen Høholt joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2018. Jørgen is former head of coporate investment banking in Nordea DK and now sits on the boards of EKF, Sydbank and HE Jørgensen. He is also a senior advisor at the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU). He holds an MSc in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and attended the Inter-Alpha Banking School at INSEAD.

Marika Fredriksson

Copenhagen

Marika Fredriksson joined Axcel's Advisory Board in 2019. Marika is executive vice president & CFO in Vestas Wind Systems where she has been part of Executive Management since 2013. She has previously been CFO in Gambro, Autoliv and Volvo Construction Equipment and sits on the boards of Sandvik AB and SSAB. She holds an MBA from the Swedish School of Economics in Finland.