Organization

In this section you will find information about the organisation and business of Air Greenland.

Executive Boards

 

Michael Højgaard
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

MANAGEMENT

Mogens E. Jensen
Chief Financial Officer

Maliina Abelsen
Chief Commercial Officer

Jens R. Lauridsen
Technical Director

 

Contact: info@airgreenland.gl

Jacob Nitter Sørensen
Director of Flight Operations

Mads B. Christensen
HR Director

Board of Directors

The Members of the Board and their Competences. Get to know our board of directors. Click on the name you’re interested in to learn more.

 

  • Søren Lennert Mortensen, Chairman (born 1952)

    Chairman (appointed by the Government of Greenland) since 2016.

    Education: Bank trained. Management training from Jyske Bank. Board Academy's course in collaboration at Copenhagen University. Trained Greenlandic outfitter and trophy hunting organizer.

    Career: Bank Manager of Grønlandsbanken and Branch Manager at Jyske Bank. Head of the Greenlandic Post Office ( division of KNI A / S ). Director of housing association INI A / S. Director of Trade Company KNI A / S. Director of the Greenlandic radio and TV ( public service ) KNR . Interim director for Tele Greenland A / S . Owns and operates a small real estate company LM Properties Ltd. with offices in Sisimiut and Nuuk.

    Seats on boards: Vice Chairman of Greenland's national oil exploration company Nuna Oil A / S .

    Competencies: Strategy and management , finance and accounting, economy, turnaround jobs , economic development, motivation and communication , organizational development, recruitment.

  • Bodil Marie Damgaard

    Member of the board (appointed by the Government of Greenland) since 2016.

  • Claus Holstein, Vicechair (born 1959)

    Vice Chairman. Member of the board (appointed by the Danish State) since 2015.

    Education: MSc in Economics and Business Administration specialising in Organisation and Strategy, Aalborg University (2004).

    Career: Has been Managing Director at the Port of Aalborg A/S group since 2007.  

    Competencies: Strategy and management systems.

    Seats on boards: Epoka IT A/S (Chairman), Blip Systems A/S (board member), Aalborg Stevedore Company A/S (Chairman), Port of Hanstholm (board member appointed by the municipal authority in Thisted) and AMU Center Aalborg (board member appointed by the Confederation of Danish Industry).

    Positions of trust: In addition to his positions on various boards, Claus Holstein holds the following positions of trust: Assistant Fellow at the Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University; Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Centre for Logistics (CELOG), Aalborg University; Member of the recruitment panel for law programmes, Aalborg University; and Chairman of the board of trustees at Tall Ships Aalborg / training vessel LOA.

  • Bjarne Eklund (born 1940)

    Member of the board (appointed by the Danish State) since 2012.

    Education: Graduated as a forwarding agent and shipper in 1960.

    Career: From 1967 to 1995 he held a number of positions at Varig Brazilian Airlines, the most recent as European Director based in London. From 1995 to 2001 he was CEO of the Danish Tourist Board, after which he held the post of Chairman of the Danish Tourist Board until 2003. 

    Competences: Strategy, leadership (including international), organisation, tourism, aviation.

    Seats on boards: Is the Chairman of the Education Travel Agency and board member of Have PR A/S, and he holds several honorary positions concerning sport and integration. In the period from 2008 to 2011, he served as a member of Air Greenland’s Board of Directors appointed by the Government of Greenland. Furthermore, for a period of more than 10 years he served on the board of Visit Greenland, as both Chairman and Board Member.

  • Leif Rasmussen (born 1948)

    Member of the board (appointed by SAS) since 2012.

    Education: Studied HD-R at Copenhagen Business School, Accounting and Finance at the Merchant School in Copenhagen, as well as Cornell University. Hospitality single subject, Financial Management, Properties Management, Human Resources and Service Management. He has undergone the SAS Leadership Programme.       

    Career: He has had a long career at SAS Hotels and he has been CEO of several SAS hotels. He was employed at SAS Airline Denmark from 1991 to 1999 as Marketing and Sales Director respectively, Vice President.

    In the period 2000 to 2009, Leif Rasmussen held the position as registered director and COO of Copenhagen Airport and later, among others, the post of CEO and Country Manager for Carlson Wagonlit Travel. In 2009, Leif returned to SAS Airline as President & CEO of SAS Cargo Group A/S. 

    Competencies: Strategy and leadership, administration, economics, organisation and development, sales and marketing, communications, as well as industry experience in aviation and hospitality. 

    Seat on boards: Leif has held a number of board positions as respectively chairman and board member within aviation, tourism and the like, and on the board of Malmö Cargo Terminal since 2009 and also from 2009 to 2011 as Chairman of Spirit Air Cargo Handling Group AB. From 1994 to 1997 Leif represented SAS Airline on the then ‘Grønlandsfly’ Board.

  • Jan Torberger (born 1956)

    Member of the board (appointed by SAS) since 2016.

    Education: Studied Business administration, Financing and Accounting at University of Lund Sweden graduated in 1987.       

    Career: He have experience from banking in SEB Stockholm and a long career at SAS mainly from Treasury department and currently Head of SAS Group Treasury, Vice President.

    Competencies: Strategy and leadership, negotiator, financing, economics, asset management, pension, organization and financial communications. 

    Seat on boards: Jan is Chairman at SAS Spare Engine AB and SAS Struktur Freja Ab. Member of Steering Committee at Euroben Limited, Insurance Company, Ireland since 2007.

  • Henrik Maule Steinbacher (born 1972)

    Employee-appointed member of the board since 2013. 

    Education: Studied engineering at AUC (Aalborg University) from 1992 to 1995. Qualified as a pilot in 1997. Has studied strategy and management as one subject in Nuuk. 

    Career: Started as a pilot in Grønlandsfly in 1997 and flight instructor at Air Greenland in 2004. 

    Competencies: Management and strategy, aviation, and engineering. 

    Positions of trust and seats on boards: Has been involved in union politics as treasurer and trade union representative of the pilots' union (FFG) from 2001-2011.

  • Karl Andreassen (born 1970)

    Employee-appointed member of the board since 2014.

    Education: Qualified as a flight mechanic in 1991.

    Career: Spent his apprenticeship with Air Greenland and was subsequently taken on as a flight mechanic which he worked as until 1998, at which time he relocated to Air Alpha Greenland as supervisor mechanic. In 2005 he returned to Air Greenland as Lead mechanic until 2007, after which he was employed with Helicopter service of Iceland as Maintenance Director until 2008. In 2009 he returned to Air Greenland as Lead mechanic and in 2011 he advanced to Rotor wing maintenance manager.

    Competences: Operations, production, aviation and management.

  • Jon Wilche (born 1957)

    Employee elected board representative since 2015.

    Education: Trained as an electrician in 1979. Aircraft mechanic with first type 1988.

    Career: Jon trained as an electrician in 1979 and studied to be an electrical installer from Aarhus Tech 1980-1981. He worked at Grønlandfly A/S from 1984. After leave in 2000, he worked from 2001-2002 as Station mechanic at SFJTS and as a technician from 2002-2012 at GOHTS - and from 2012 at GOHSC.

    Competences: Negotiating techniques, conflict resolution, etc., from the Metal College auspices. Positions of trust at FIG and Dansk Metal as treasurer. Jon was a board member and Chairman from 1984 - 2012 at FIG and board member of Godthåb Bathing Association.

Annual reports

The Air Greenland Group secured a profit for 2014 of DKK 80,7 million before taxes. The net profit after taxes amounted to DKK 52,7million. The Board considers the annual result satisfactory. As expected, the market for route traffic in 2014 did not show any growth which is why Air Greenland last year focused the Company’s efforts on cost efficiency and the development of tourism. The profits achieved for 2014 were positively influenced by an increase in the activity on the charter market with the Company-owned Airbus A330-200, which normally operates the transatlantic flights.

Subsidiaries

 

Air Greenland has several subsidiaries.

HOTEL ARCTIC A/S

4-star hotel with 5-star conference facilities in Ilulissat in Disko Bay, 400 km north of the Arctic Circle. 66 rooms, 22 of which are of superior class and two suites. Two conference halls, two meeting rooms, restaurant, brasserie and bar. The hotel has been the venue for major international conferences during the last few years: EU summits and meetings for American senators and members of the Congress, in addition to international enterprises.

GREENLAND TRAVEL A/S

The travel agency is the world’s biggest full-service travel agency specialising in Greenland, and for 25 years has been the preferred business partner for business travellers, private individuals and tourists. Professional solutions, 24-hour online booking and service all define the travel agency. Greenland Travel offers great expertise regardless of whether you’re interested in package deals, customised holidays for individuals or large groups. Offices in Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Copenhagen.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

 

For Air Greenland, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is about creating value for the company and for the surrounding community. It is ensured by creating a strong and competitive company that also supports positive development in Greenland.

 

Air Greenland flies you safely to Greenland

Sign up for our special deal email service. You will be notified when we have new offers.

Please sign me up