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Thomas Thune Andersen: "Be true, honest and consistent"

Thomas Thune Andersen has never tried to hide the fact that the timing surprised him on that day in August 2009 when a reshuffling at the top of the successful Maersk Oil meant that he would not continue as CEO.

Photo: Foto, Lars Krabbe

Today he says it’s history, but he remembers the resentment he felt at not being able to finish the projects he was working on. He had expected to remain in the position for another year or two.

"On the other hand, it was a peaceful departure. After so many years in Maersk, most of them spent abroad, it’s only natural for things to change. I was the one who brought my successor home from Qatar some years before, so it was not surprising that something like that might happen. After following a growth strategy the group wanted an implementation strategy with someone else at the head of the table. That’s that," Thomas Thune Andersen says today.

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