Soren Skou is stepping down as ceo of A. P. Møller – Mærsk. He will be succeeded by Vincent Clerc, currently ceo of the company’s ocean and logistics business, effective January 1, 2023.


Image source: A. P. Møller - Mærsk; R-L: Soren Skou; Vincent Clerc.

Skou has a long history with Maersk, serving for 11 years as ceo for Maersk Tankers, four years as ceo for Maersk Line and close to seven years as ceo of the group. He has played an instrumental role in transforming the group from a diversified conglomerate to an integrated logistics company.

Clerc, meanwhile, has served as ceo of Maersk’s ocean and logistics business since 2019. He said: “On the heels of a pandemic, and now with the war in Ukraine and an energy crisis upon us, there are many tough challenges ahead; challenges that impact us all and where Maersk can make a difference. Companies are rethinking their supply chains in this new environment, they are looking for more stability, and more support on their decarbonisation journey. This represents an incredible business opportunity for Maersk that we all are eager to seize.

“It will demand of us that we stay the course on our strategy, delivering on our digitalisation and decarbonisation roadmaps, while keeping a sharper than ever eye on our operational excellence and performance. When we do that, we will make a profound positive impact for all our stakeholders.”