Since 2016 Soren Skou has led the transformation of A. P. Møller - Mærsk A/S (Maersk) from a diversified conglomerate to an integrated logistics company and set the business on a new growth trajectory. Vincent Clerc, currently CEO of the company’s Ocean & Logistics business, will succeed as CEO of Maersk effective January 1st, 2023.
“Soren has contributed to our Group’s development over almost forty years, of which eleven years as CEO for Maersk Tankers, four years as CEO for Maersk Line, and close to seven years as CEO for Maersk. During his tenure as CEO of Maersk, Soren has been instrumental in redefining Maersk into a customer-centric end-to-end logistics provider with a global leadership position in sustainable transportation solutions,” says Robert M. Uggla, Chair of the Board of Directors.
On Vincent Clerc succeeding Soren Skou, Robert M. Uggla adds: “Since 2019, Vincent has been the CEO of Maersk Ocean & Logistics, which contributes a significant part of the company’s invested capital and results. He has been a pivotal leader in Maersk’s transformation, demonstrating great strategic acumen, and an ability to execute complex plans.”
For almost seven years, Soren Skou has worked to change the business model, the culture, the digital backbone, and the results to make Maersk a profitable growth company again: "That was the mandate I got as CEO in 2016 and I would like to thank the Board, our main shareholder, my executive team, and all my fantastic global colleagues for their trust and support throughout the years," he says goodbye.
Soren Skou has worked closely with Vincent Clerc for more than a decade and he is confident that Vincent is ready to take Maersk to the next level:
"Now is the right time for Maersk, Vincent, and for me to make this transition. The Company has executed very well over the past years. We have never been stronger financially and we have an inspiring and visionary plan for the continuation of our global integrator strategy that will guide Maersk for many years to come."
Vincent Clerc, current CEO of the company’s Ocean & Logistics business explains his new plans:
"On the heels of a pandemic, and now with the war in Ukraine and an energy crisis upon us, there are many tough challenges ahead; challenges that impact us all and where Maersk can make a difference. Companies are rethinking their supply chains in this new environment, they are looking for more stability, and more support on their decarbonization journey. This represents an incredible business opportunity for Maersk that we all are eager to seize."