Executives in Residence
Jens Bjørn Andersen, CEO of the global transport and logistics company DSV is welcomed as Executive in Residence 2018-19 by CBS President Per Holten-Andersen at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony. (Photo: Bjarke MacCarthy)
CBS' EXECUTIVE IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME
Through dialogue and collaboration, CBS wishes to build strong personal and long-term relationships with the business community and in particular with key business leaders. To facilitate this, CBS invites a select executive to share their expertise and perspectives with both students and faculty every year. Through one academic year, the year's Executive in Residence participates in various parts of CBS campus life spanning over events, discussions, mentoring meetings, sparring etcetera.
The programme is designed to be a two-way learning experience, where the Executive in Residence gains insights into state-of-the-art research and meets the talents of tomorrow on one side, while students and researchers get the opportunity to connect with, learn from and be inspired by executives they would otherwise not have access to on the other, furthering their insight into a practical world outside of CBS.
While there will only be one Executive in Residence per academic year, the aim of the programme is to run indefinitely with the current Executive in Residence passing on their successor. Future Executives in Residence will include significant key business leaders such as CEOs, CFOs, Board Chairmen etcetera from top businesses operating in Denmark.
CBS' SECOND EXECUTIVE IN RESIDENCE – A STRONG PRACTITIONER
CBS’ new EiR is a successful practitioner. In recent years the global transport and logistics company DSV has become worth 36 percent more on the stock market and has recently taken over a US competitor, acquisitions being an important part of DSV’s strategy according to CEO Jens Bjørn Andersen. Today he heads 47,000 employees. Thi company's strong position on the global world trade market makes DSV a perfect match for CBS, itself educating graduates for the global market.
Jens Bjørn Andersen’s schedule will comprise meetings and events with students and researchers, a prospect the DSV CEO is looking forward to:
“I would like to develop as CEO, which I can do by trying something new and inspirational. I hope to gain a new theoretical perspective on my practical everyday life as well as input from the students, who see things from a slightly different angle. It’s a new world for me and I’m looking forward to discovering CBS, its researchers and the budding talents studying here,” says Jens Bjørn Andersen.
As a certified freight forwarder, he worked his way to the top without any further higher education, making this encounter with the academic world a new experience for Andersen. As his company has become more global he has realised the need for a more highly educated workforce:
“At DSV, growth and development are an extremely central part of our strategy. We constantly have to do things better, a little faster and a little smarter. This requires skilled employees who are forward looking and innovative. Concurrently with DSV becoming a global concern, it’s been necessary and educational for the company to develop global operations with specialists in economics, finance, law, marketing communication, HR and more – some of whom are from CBS,” he explains.
Although happy with his training as a certified freight forwarder he also sees the benefits of higher education, adding:
“I would always advise young people to get a higher education. It provides a solid foundation during your professional career.”
Executives in Residence
2018-19: JENS BJØRN ANDERSEN, DSV CEO
"I would like to develop as CEO, which I can do by trying something new and inspirational. I hope to gain a new theoretical perspective on my practical everyday life as well as input from the students, who see things from a slightly different angle. It’s a new world for me and I’m looking forward to discovering CBS, its researchers and the budding talents studying here."
2017-18: THOMAS F. BORGEN, DANSKE BANK CEO
"The greatest thing about being back in school was – well, exactly that. (…) As a society we need education and we need relevant education, and for Danske Bank getting closer to universities and business schools is a chance for us to learn how to become more relevant to students and maybe inspire both students and schools in terms of the qualifications and research areas we see as most interesting."
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