Changes in the Senior Management Team in Maersk Drilling

Lars Ostergaard, currently acting as Asset Manager in Maersk Drilling, has been appointed new Chief Commercial Officer, and per mutual agreement, Ana Zambelli will leave Maersk Drilling in order to pursue new opportunities. Furthermore, Brian Nygaard, currently the Head of Procurement in Maersk Drilling, has been appointed new Head of Strategy and Partnering.

Changes in the Senior Management Team in Maersk Drilling

Lars Ostergaard joined the Maersk Group in 2005, where he has since held different leadership positions across the Maersk Group, latest as Asset Manager in Maersk Drilling. He holds a Master of Political Science, with a specialisation in International Relations, as well as a graduate diploma in Business Administration.

“Lars has proven that he is capable of collaborating across functions and driving strategic projects to success both internally in Maersk Drilling and to the benefit of our customers. In his time as Unit Director as well as Asset Manager in Maersk Drilling, Lars has lead his teams to deliver great results, and I am certain that he is the right person to bring Maersk Drilling even closer to our customers,” says Jørn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.

Brian Nygaard joined Maersk in 2005, where he started out as Strategic Sourcing Manager in Group Procurement. Since then, he has held various leadership positions across the Maersk Group including heading up the North and South American Sourcing offices. In 2015, Brian joined Maersk Drilling as Head of Procurement. Brian holds a law degree from Aarhus University, and worked as an M&A lawyer in a leading Danish law firm. Furthermore, he holds an MBA from IMD Business School.

“Throughout his career with Maersk, Brian has showed an immaculate ability to plan, execute and deliver on complex projects with impactful results. Further to that, he has excelled at building relations with suppliers that has created value in different parts of the business. I am confident that Brian will be able to develop and further strengthen the Strategy and Partnering team in Maersk Drilling,” Jørn Madsen concludes.

About Maersk Drilling
Maersk Drilling’s modern fleet counts 24 drilling rigs including drillships, deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs. Maersk Drilling employs an international staff of 3,500 people and generated a profit (NOPAT) of USD 751m in 2015. For further information, see


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