Tommy Thomsen choses development over shipping

The former A.P. Moeller-Maersk shipowner and soon-to-be former CEO of Nordic Tankers, Tommy Thomsen, was unable to resist the temptation of a career change, turning from shipping to working with developing nations and Danish investments.

The temptation was too great for 55-year-old Tommy Thomsen as he chose to say yes to a significant career change after 35 years in shipping when the Danish government came decided to pursue him as the new CEO for the Danish investment fund for developing nations (IFU), and the almost two meters tall and former shipowner in A.P. Moeller-Maersk towered above the other applicants for the job. And working with developing nations is far from a new field for Tommy Thomsen.

The last time he surprised the Danish shipping world, and Danish business in general, was back in 2007 when - following 29 years with A.P. Moeller-Maersk, the last six of which he held the status of shipowner at the Esplanaden headquarters - he decided to leave the Danish shipping- and oil conglomerate. That happened as part of a management reshuffle that made him as well as other senior executives leave the company. Tommy Thomsen left to become CEO a few months later of what was at the time Clipper Wonsild Tankers, on January 1st 2008.

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