Katharina Poehlmann, who currently serves as Associate Principal at global consulting firm McKinsey, will head a new central unit which Maersk is currently establishing.

Maersk confirms to ShippingWatch that it "has been decided to permanently establish a CEO Office to assist the Group CEO in shaping the strategic agenda and transformation over the coming years and to drive special CEO initiatives."

Poehlmann was educated in Munich and has, in addition to spending four years with McKinsey, also worked with Boston Consulting Group. She will be answering directly to Skou.

The new office will employ a handful of people and will assist Skou in his capacity as Group CEO as well as CEO of liner carrier Maersk Line, which accounts for close to three quarters of Maersk's combined business.

Maersk is currently also looking for "senior executive advisors" for the office in Copenhagen, who according to the job description will be responsible for shaping Maersk's future.

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