The largest shipping company’s of the world announces the sudden departure of its 45-year-old EVP and chief operating officer Søren Toft. This news was released on 11 November, Maersk said that Toft "has decided to pursue an opportunity outside of the company and will leave effective today."
The responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer will in the interim be taken on by Søren Skou immediate effect. The Executive Board will hereafter consist of Søren Skou, CEO and interim COO, Carolina Dybeck Happe, CFO, Vincent Clerc, CCO, and Morten Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals.
“I have worked with Søren for many years, and I appreciate Søren’s many contributions to A.P. Moller - Maersk. He leaves an agile and strong operating organization and we all wish Søren the very best in the future,” said Søren Skou in a statement.
Søren got associated with Maersk in the mid-1990s and quickly became the public face for Maersk. He was promoted to the post of CEO and VP of Maersk Germany in 2008, then VP of center operations in 2010. He was appointed COO of Maersk Line in 2014.