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New Head of HR in Maersk Drilling

On 1 February, Nikolaj Svane, currently the Head of Group HR with Scandinavian Tobacco Group, will join Maersk Drilling as the new Head of HR.

Nikolaj has previously held several different leadership roles across the Maersk Group, most recently as Head of Talent and Organisational effectiveness with Maersk Oil.

This will not be Nikolaj's first encounter with Maersk Drilling either. From 2006 to 2011, Nikolaj worked in Maersk Drilling, most recently as Director of Global Operations and Business Partnering in the HR department.

"I am very excited to welcome Nikolaj back to Maersk Drilling as our new Head of HR. Nikolaj brings with him vast experience from different leadership roles across the HR spectrum, both from Maersk and other international companies. He has great knowledge of the industry and of Maersk Drilling, and I am confident that he will be able to further strengthen the HR organisation in Maersk Drilling," says Jørn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.

Lene Reitzel, currently the Head of HR in Maersk Drilling, will be joining Danfoss as Senior Vice President, Chief HR Officer. Lene has been with the Maersk Group for 27 years, of which more than 12 were spent with Maersk Drilling. Her last day with Maersk Drilling will be 31 January.

"First of all, I wish to congratulate Lene on this great opportunity. Throughout her career with Maersk, Lene has managed to deliver impressive HR results and has shown unique skills in realising business objectives in a very impactful manner. I have no doubt that she will be able to do the same for Danfoss and I wish her the best of luck in her new position," Jørn Madsen concludes.

About Maersk Drilling
Maersk Drilling’s modern fleet counts 23 drilling rigs including drillships, deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs. Further, Maersk Drilling has one ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig under construction. Maersk Drilling employs an international staff of 3,500 people and generated a profit (NOPAT) of USD 751m in 2015. For further information, see