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First director leaves Maersk before expected split

The Maersk Group's HQ is on standby, according to several employees and visitors to the iconic Copenhagen offices this week. The anticipation of a break from the current group structure has now prompted the first farewell from a Maersk director.

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If the iconic headquarters of Maersk by the Copenhagen waterfront have been symbolic of workforce stability, then this view was radically altered at the onset of the summer. The shift occurred when former Group CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen was fired, and Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen handed the reigns to the head of Maersk's container carrier, Søren Skou, along with the comprehensive task of rethinking and redefining Maersk's structure and future.

By the end of September, Søren Skou will present his proposal for how the major transport and oil conglomerate, which employs about 90,000 workers, will be structured going forward. This will likely include a proposal concerning which business areas will be the focus, and whether or not today's overall group structure will be maintained.

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