Board of Directors

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen

  • Chairman of the Board and member since 1974
  • Majority Shareholder of KIRKBI A/S
  • President and CEO of the LEGO Group 1979-2004
  • Chairman of the Board of Koldingvej 2 Billund A/S and Ole Kirk’s Fond
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board of the LEGO Foundation and Board member in CoC Office A/S and four fully owned subsidiaries of KIRKBI A/S

Niels Jacobsen

  • Deputy Chairman of the Board and member since 2008
  • CEO of William Demant Invest A/S
  • Chairman of the Board of Founders A/S, Jeudan A/S, Nissens A/S, Vision RT Ltd., the Thomas B. Thrige Foundation and Össur hf
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board of Demant A/S and ABOUT YOU Holding GmbH
  • Member of the Board of Boston Holding A/S and Sennheiser Communication A/S

Michael Halbye

  • Member of the Board since 2020
  • Chairman of the Board of Ludvig & Co. and Generation.org
  • Member of the Board of the Mary Foundation, 7N, Maternity Foundation, One Life and Penda

Jeppe Christiansen

  • Member of the Board since 2008
  • CEO of Maj Invest Holding A/S
  • Chairman of the Board of Haldor Topsøe A/S
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board of Maj Bank A/S, Novo Nordisk A/S and Symphogen A/S
  • Member of the Board of Novo Holdings A/S
  • Member of the executive management of Maj Invest Equity A/S, Det Kgl. Vajsenhus and Emlika ApS

Thomas Kirk Kristiansen

  • Member of the Board since 2007
  • Shareholder of KIRKBI A/S and representing the fourth generation of the owner family
  • Chairman of the Board of LEGO A/S, the LEGO Foundation and Great Northern A/S
  • Deputy Chairman of LEGO Brand Group and Board member in four fully owned subsidiaries of KIRKBI A/S
  • Executive Management member of Kirk og Kirk Holding ApS and management roles in four subsidiaries

Malou Aamund

  • Member of the Board since 2019
  • Country Director, Google Denmark
  • Chairman of the Board of Eco Innovation
  • Independent board member of DSV and board member of Navico
  • Advisory Board member of UN Women Denmark

Leadership team

Søren Thorup Sørensen

Chief Executive Officer
Born: 1965
Education: MSc in Accounting and Audit. State Authorised Public Accountant

Career and positions

  • 1987 - 2006 KPMG, Partner
  • 2006 - 2009 A. P. Møller Mærsk, CFO
  • 2010 -          KIRKBI A/S, CEO

Other management positions
Deputy Chairman of the Board of LEGO A/S and member of the Board of ISS A/S, Merlin Entertainments Ltd., Motion JVCO Ltd., Landis+Gyr Group AG, Ole Kirk’s Fond, ATTA Fonden, Koldingvej 2 Billund A/S, Boston Holding A/S (chairman) and six fully-owned subsidiaries of KIRKBI A/S. Executive position in four subsidiaries of KIRKBI A/S.

Kurt Carstensen

Chief Financial Officer
Born: 1961
Education: MSc in Finance and Accounting, University of Southern Denmark, 1990. State Authorised Public Accountant

Career and positions

  • 1992 - 1997 Deloitte, Partner
  • 1997 - 2004 LEGO System A/S, Vice President
  • 2005 - 2006 Alstom Power FlowSystems, CFO
  • 2006 - 2008 Louis Poulsen Lighting A/S, CFO
  • 2009 - 2011 GPV International A/S, CFO
  • 2011 -          KIRKBI A/S, CFO

Other management positions
Chairman of the Board of Kvist Industries A/S. Member of the Board in Isabellafonden, Isabella Holding Vejle A/S, Søstrene Grene A/S, Dansk Skorstensteknik A/S and twelve fully owned subsidiaries of KIRKBI A/S

Thomas Lau Schleicher

Chief Investment Officer
Born: 1973
Education: MSc in Finance and Accounting, Aarhus School of Business, 1998

Career and positions

  • 1999 - 2000 Handelsbanken, Associate
  • 2000 - 2001 Alfred Berg Bank, Associate
  • 2001 - 2010 EQT Partners, Director
  • 2010 -          KIRKBI A/S, CIO

Other management positions
Member of the Board of Nilfisk A/S, Falck A/S, Välinge AB, Adapture Renewables Inc., Boston Holding A/S and one fully owned subsidiary of KIRKBI A/S.

Steen Pedersen

Head of Global Real Estate
Born: 1960
Education: BSc in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 1986. Executive MBA, Scandinavian International Management Institute, 2003. Executive education at INSEAD, Wharton and London Business School

Career and positions

  • 1986 - 1993 ABB Energy and Industry, Project Manager and Manager
  • 1993 - 2010 NNE Pharmaplan. (1993-1997) Manager. (1997-2010) Vice President
  • 2010 - 2013 Alvent A/S. (2010-2011) Director. (2011-2013) CEO & Co-owner
  • 2013 -          KIRKBI A/S, Head of Global Real Estate

Other management positions
Member of the Board of nine fully owned subsidiaries of KIRKBI A/S

Sidsel Marie Kristensen

General Counsel
Born: 1975
Education: Master of Law, Aarhus University, 2000. Master in International and European Business Law, University of Leuven, 2007.

Career and positions

  • 2000 - 2016 Bech-Bruun, (2000-2016) Lawyer, (2014-2016) Partner
  • 2008 - 2010 Aarhus University, Associate Professor, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2016 - 2020 KIRKBI A/S, Head of Legal
  • 2020-           KIRKBI A/S, General Counsel

Other Management Positions
Member of The Board of Directors in Merlin Entertainments Ltd., Koldingvej 2, Billund A/S, the LEGO Foundation and a number of subsidiaries in the KIRKBI Group.

Support team

Ulla Lundhus

Head of Communications
Born: 1976
Education: Master in Communication and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2004.

Career and positions

  • 2004 - 2010 TDC Group, Communications Consultant
  • 2010 - 2014 Coloplast, Head of Media and Positioning
  • 2014 - 2015 FTI Consulting, Senior Director
  • 2015 -          KIRKBI A/S, Head of Communications

Irene Dahl-Hansen

Head of HR and Family Office
Born: 1975
Education: Master of Laws, Aarhus University, 2003.

Career and positions

  • 2008 - 2011 Lawyer, Beck & Partners
  • 2011 - 2014 LEGO System A/S – HR – Head of Labour Relations and Employee Celebrations
  • 2014 - 2019 KIRKBI A/S – Family Office (Head as of 2016)
  • 2019 -          KIRKBI A/S, Head of HR and Family Office