Jørn joined UASC in 1994 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2009. He also serves as Chairman/Director on several UASC subsidiaries.
Over the past few years, Jørn led UASC’s comprehensive restructuring and transformation program leading to remarkable improvements in efficiency, an enhanced network, and multiple new service offerings. He currently oversees UASC’s ambitious newbuilding program that includes seventeen ultra-large container vessels that are among the largest and most environmentally friendly in the world.
Over the years, Jørn has led the efforts to establish and develop alliances and partnerships most recently culminating in the formation of the Ocean Three alliance, connecting UASC with leading liner shipping companies CMA CGM and China Shipping Container Lines. With the addition of the new cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd, Jørn continues to lead UASC’s progress as an emerging global carrier.
Prior to joining UASC, Jørn worked with the Denmark-based East Asiatic Company (EAC) from 1966–1994 in various managerial positions in EAC branches and affiliated companies in South America, North America and Europe.
A recognized and respected industry figure, Jørn has over 38 years of experience in shipping, 22 years of which have been spent with UASC based in the Middle East. Under Jørn’s leadership, UASC has received several prestigious awards in recent years. These include the Seatrade Global Performer 2014 awarded by HRH the Princess Royal in Guildhall, City of London, and induction to the International Maritime Hall of Fame 2014 in New York. He also received personally the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 for his over twenty years of stewardship of UASC.