December is the high season for retrospection, predictions for the year to come, and not least the appointment of the most influential people and leaders within the global shipping industry. Nils Smedegaard Andersen, CEO of A.P. Moeller – Maersk, shares with Maersk Line’s chief executive Søren Skou the second place on this year’s Top 100 list in the shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List following a, to put it mildly, dramatic year in the Danish shipping and oil group.
The two figureheads are emphasized particularly for their impressive task of withdrawing the world’s largest container company from the ruinous price war in 2011 resulting in a disastrous economic situation, and a period of time in which the company’s former chief executive Eivind Kolding resigned in favor of a position with Danske Bank, and this during a year which will be remembered especially for Maersk McKinney Moeller’s death. To boot, Nils Smedegaard Andersen himself was absent for months following a serious heart problem.