zoom The Board of Directors of Maersk Group has appointed Søren Skou as new Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, replacing Nils S. Andersen, who will leave the group.The changes are effective July 1, 2016.Søren Skou has worked at A.P. Møller – Mærsk since 1983 and for 15 years held various leading positions in Maersk Line, with roles in Copenhagen, New York and Beijing.He has been a member of the Executive Board of A.P. Møller – Mærsk since 2006. In 2012, he was appointed CEO of Maersk Line. Søren Skou will continue to hold this position in addition to his new role of the CEO, the company said.“Søren has strong business acumen and thorough knowledge of the group’s various businesses and has successfully restructured the businesses he has led. The Board of Directors knows Søren as a respected and knowledgeable leader with the ability to adapt quickly to market changes in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the executive management and his employees,” Michael Pram Rasmussen, Chairman of Maersk’s Board of Directors, said.Skou is a graduate of business administration from Copenhagen Business School, and further accomplished an MBA with honours from IMD, Switzerland.