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"Many think if something worked yesterday and is still working today,
it will work tomorrow. That's wrong"

- Garry Kasparov

 

I'm driven, motivated, engaged and thrilled  by business development

 

Let me talk you through my CV - watch the video above :)

 
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A melting pot of cultures

2013 - current

Qatar Insurance Company - www.qatarinsurance.com

Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is the largest insurance company in the Middle East and amongst the 15 largest in Asia

I'm currently working here and truly enjoying the colorfulness and differences that can be found amongst the mix of cultures; the greatest and most rewarding challenges are to unite the teams to work close together towards set targets

This challenge grew when I got appointed as EVP-MENA Retail as I now manage the Retail teams on a MENA scale, to a high degree demanding remote team management due to heavy travel activities

2013-2014
Chief Operating Officer, Business Development

Responsible for the strategic business development of the Group's life insurance products, bringing several radical new business ideas into play

Active player in evaluation of business acquisition opportunities to support the suggested life insurance strategy

2014 - current
Executive Vice President - MENA Personal Lines & Group Motor Claims

Heading retail and corporate business teams in the MENA region, focusing on the Group's business development and growth primarily in the personal lines as well as managing the complete portfolio of retail claims and group motor claims

Responsible for the Group's online activities and sales platforms


Going Global

2010-2013

SOS International - www.sos.EU

SOS International is one of the largest travel claims and emergency assistance providers in the world, covering travelers and expatriates globally through 33 offices worldwide

Despite the fact that I've been traveling my whole professional career, the position at SOS International cemented my international experience and ability to work in various countries with different cultures

I was working out of Scandinavia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangkok, successfully establishing businesses and business partnerships to make SOS International grow and position itself as the world's leading emergency assistance company

2011-2013
Director, SOS Asia & Director, SOS Hong Kong

Business operations in Asia, including acquisitors and integrations in the Chinese market

Developer of the Thai market for travel insurance and travel assistance services

2010-2013
Executive Vice President

Worldwide commercial and operational responsible for all travel assistance activities

Managing sales and service offices worldwide as well as implementing new ways of reducing claims costs on a global scale


Putting it all together

2007-2010

Qvartz - www.qvartz.com

Qvartz is a Scandinavian based international first-tier consulting firm advising and assisting clients worldwide 

The position as Engagement Manager with a first-tier international consulting firm made all the pieces in the puzzle fit for me - I was literally forced to put my knowledge into consultant templates in order to convey business strategies and execution plans to clients

Together with the terrific teams that I managed, all my experience and knowledge was put in order in the analytical frameworks used by the most professional management consultant firms; I was constantly challenged and grew more in the four years with Qvartz than I've ever done before

2008-2010
Subject Matter Expert, Commercial Excellence

Key driver of the firm's Commercial Excellence team, managing own client teams focusing on solving complex issues within the areas of business development, growth and commercial excellence

 

 

2007-2010
Engagement Manager

Manager for international large-scale projects and responsible for client acquisitions to the firm

Project manager on  a Nordic study of the largest organizations to identify what identifies the winning organizations, 'The anatomy of tomorrow's winners' - a project made with the Danish financial newspaper Borsen


Taking it to the next level

2002-2007

InterMail - www.intermail.com

InterMail is a group of companies in Scandinavia delivering the whole value chain around direct communication, from paper and envelope production to fulfillment services and advanced digital and off-line direct marketing products and services 

Joining InterMail was my first step into the 'real' corporate world with set procedures, rigid management structures and a very strong and proud culture - this is where I truly learned how to make different cultures come together and work together - and to secure the blessings from top management before beginning any projects

I was the driving part of several company acquisitions and learned a lot about how to merge different business cultures - to be honest, some more successful than others :-/  Many lessons learned and the experiences gained enabled me to secure co-ordination and strong teamwork between countries and cultures later on

2004-2007
Author and public speaker

Author of two books on marketing and direct marketing utilizing on- and offline channels

Frequently used as public speaker in the marketing and sales industry in Scandinavia

2002-2007
Director, InterMail Solutions

Managing the sales and operations of the Group's fulfillment sales division

Establishing a new, digital fulfillment company under the group and developing joint products and services with great synergies to the corporate customers in the field of sales and marketing


America, here I come

2000-2002

Globase - www.globase.com

Globase is a digital marketing agency focusing on automation of direct e-mail marketing projects, offering the knowledge and competence required for successful planning, integration and execution of campaigns

I build Globase together with an advertising agency in Copenhagen and it quickly turned out that our products were too early for the Scandinavian market, so I ventured to the U.S. to find business partners and customers

Being alone in this big country with the task of building a business was extremely challenging and, honestly, a bit scary - my experience with the country was from my Master Thesis a few years ago but I never experienced the real corporate America - I grew several inches during this period and proud to say that I succeeded in building the business with partners like BMC Software, DELL and Sun Microsystems

9.11 put a stop to the growth of this business as the American partners cancelled the agreements with us and we didn't have the cash flow to continue building the business in Europe

2000-2002
Co-Founder and Vice President

Building the business strategy and executing it simultaneously whilst  running the team of software developers to build the direct marketing software from scratch

Partner identification and management in the US (New York, Houston and San Francisco), participation in joint customer meetings and providing consulting services to key clients in the field of direct marketing planning, execution and integration in current marketing and operational workflows


Following a dream and meeting people

THE PROFESSIONAL HOBBY

2014 - current

redHORN photography - www.redhornphotography.com

I've been taking pictures for as long as i remember and always found it challenging and a way of letting off steam / unwinding from a very busy working schedule - I took up the skill of headshot photography as this to me is one of the most challenging genres of photography; mastering the photographic techniques while completely focusing on the person in front of the camera - a skilled headshot photographer is more a therapist than a photographer as you need to coach the person in front of you in order to make the perfect headshots

Building a portfolio and the never-ending skills perfection teaches me about myself and other cultures almost every day - all people - and faces - in front of the camera are different which makes taking headshots a ongoing challenge of mastering personal as well as photographic skills

2014 - current
Professional Headshot Photographer

Associated partner with the World's best headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, and mentor for the largest association of headshot photographers in the World, the Headshot Crew


Positions of Trust

2017 - current
Member of the Advisory Board, Welfare Denmark

2017 - current
Advisory Committee MemberFleming.

2015 - current
Mentor, the Headshot Crew

2008-2010
Chairman of the Board, Tang & Weiss

2005-2007
Board MemberTACK Training International

2004-2006
International Judge at the International Echo Awards, the Direct Marketing Association USA
Judging and selecting the world's best direct marketing campaigns


Education


2010-2012
MBA, Strategy & Business Development, Business Institute
Master Thesis in global strategic positioning and organizational adaptations for SOS International

2008-2010
DiSC personal profiling certification, Trainer Level, Everything DISC

1993-1998
Bachelor of Science, International MarketingAarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences
Master Thesis in Relationship Marketing for Danisco Ingredients, Kansas, U.S.A