Henrik Topsoe’s chairman resigns due illness

Haldor Topsoe’s chairman resigns due to illness

9:44 AM, 12th August 2016
Henrik Topsoe’s chairman resigns due to illness
Henrik Topsoe, chairman of Haldor Topsoe. (File photo)

LYNGBY, DENMARK: Haldor Topsoe announced that its chairman of the board, Henrik Topsoe has decided to resign due to being ill with serious cancer. On the recommendation of the board as well as the parent company Haldor Topsoe Holding A/S, Jeppe Christiansen, one of the company’s vice chairman has been elected as new chairman.

The position as vice chairman after Jeppe Christiansen is filled by Jakob Haldor Topsoe, who is the member of the board of Haldor Topsoe A/S and chairman of the Board of the parent company Haldor Topsoe Holding A/S.

“Even though I regret leaving the exciting work in the board, I am also delighted to be able to hand over a well-managed company to my successor. We are all very happy that Jeppe Christiansen has accepted the task as chairman of the board. He is not only inspiring to work with; he has a deep-rooted knowledge of the company and has done an excellent job,” said Henrik Topsoe.

“I have made no secret of the fact that to me the company Haldor Topsoe is somewhat of a national treasure. It is an honor that the owners have entrusted me with the position as chairman. I will strive to ensure that our decisions will always serve the company, customers and employees in the best possible way,” said Jeppe Christiansen.

“I have really valued my collaboration with Henrik Topsoe. His personal drive and unceasing commitment through 42 years have led to many and important results. Therefore, I am pleased that Henrik has accepted to remain in our innovation committee so we can continue to benefit from his unique insight into research and development. He will also keep on developing and nurturing customer relations internationally,” added Christiansen.

“Henrik’s monumental importance for the Group is probably not known to many outsiders; and his importance will continue. Even during the course of his disease, he has demonstrated almost unreal energy and determination. It has made a huge impression on everybody who knows him, and we are very pleased that Henrik will continue his work outside the boardroom,” said Jakob Topsoe, discussing about Henrik Topsoe’s contribution to the group.

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