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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 

Scandlines, the German-Danish, green and innovative ferry operator in the Baltic Sea, has appointed Vagn Sørensen as Chairman as of 1 January 2020.

Sørensen brings over 30 years’ experience from international business and the aviation industry. He joined Scandinavian Airlines in 1984 and became EVP in 1994. He was appointed CEO of Austrian Airlines in 2001, stepping down in 2006 to successfully pursue a plural career.

Sørensen has extensive experience across both executive and non-executive positions internationally. He currently holds a number of roles, including Chairman of Air Canada, Chairman of FLSmidth & Co., Chairman of SSP Group Plc and Chairman of Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Vagn Sørensen is also a board member of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Scandlines will benefit from Sørensen’s leadership skills and his extensive commercial experience, gained from a variety of businesses operating in similar industries as Scandlines.

Sørensen said: “I am delighted to be joining Scandlines as Chairman. I am excited by the company’s green agenda, its growth prospects and strong customer focus. I look forward to working with Søren Poulsgaard Jensen and the management team to continue Scandlines’ development.”

Søren Poulsgaard, CEO of Scandlines,said: “I am happy to welcome Vagn as Chairman. His knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we pursue our green strategy, continually enhance our customer experience and modernise our fleet.”

Sørensen takes over the position as Chairman from Steve Ridgway, who joined Scandlines as Chairman in 2014. Ridgway said: “I have enjoyed the journey with Scandlines since 2014 and I am happy to pass the keys on to an experienced operator with a track record of building big brands in the leisure travel and retail sector.”

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