"The shipping company has been very foresighted in the last ten years. It has made a change in management as well as generational changes, and has taken care to ensure that the business will be able to keep running without the leadership of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. From a business perspective, therefore, his death will not affect the shipping company", says Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
Lars Jensen has previously been employed in A.P. Møller-Mærsk for more than 12 years and has a thorough knowledge of the shipping company and its businesses following his employment as, among other things, Director for eBusiness in Maersk Line.
Lars Jensen stresses that the generatorial change has gone hand in hand with a cultural change in the company loaded with traditions. Changes have been under way for a long time here, too, and the corporate culture will not change much immediately as a result of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller's death.
"One must say that Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller has been the big carrier of the culture in the company. You will not see any changes in the coming weeks, but in the coming years changes might happen in the culture in the same direction it is going now. The shipping company will to a greater extent go from being a family owned company to being a business much like other big listed companies," says Lars Jensen.