Our Executive Group Management

Lars Petersson

President & Chief Executive Officer 
Lars Petersson joined Hempel as Group COO in 2015 and was appointed Group President & Chief Executive Officer in July 2019. Since then, he has delivered strong results and been a central driver of the global transformation in Hempel. Before joining Hempel, Lars was Senior Vice President of Europe’s largest window manufacturer, Inwido, and Vice President at the global flooring company, Tarkett. 

Joe Devitt

Executive Vice President of Decorative
Joe Devitt has been working for more than 30 years in the coating industry. Before joining Hempel, he was head of the British company Crown Paints that Hempel acquired in 2011. Since 2011 Joe has been in charge of the Decorative segment in Hempel, which has grown substantially with further acquisitions. In 2018 Joe Devitt was appointed Group Vice President of Hempel Decorative Europe and in 2021, Joe joined the Executive Group Management, heading up the Decorative segment. 

Michael Hansen

Executive Vice President of Energy & Infrastructure
Michael Hansen leads the Energy & Infrastructure segment. Michael joined Hempel in May 2017 as Group Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. He previously worked for 19 years at Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, where he most recently held the position of Vice President & Global Head of Sales at Maersk Line. 

Alexander Enström

Executive Vice President of Marine
With more than 14 years of experience in the coating industry, Alexander Enström leads Hempel’s Marine Segment as Executive Vice President. He joined Hempel in February 2021 as Vice President of Marine Business. Before joining Hempel, Alexander spent more than a decade at the Norwegian paint company Jotun.

Katarina Lindström

Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations
Katarina Lindström leads Technology & Operations at Hempel. Katarina joined Hempel in August 2020 with extensive international experience within leadership and manufacturing from her time at Volvo Group, where she worked for more than 20 years. In that time, she held a series of global senior executive positions within both operations and product management.

Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen

Chief People & Culture Officer and Executive Vice President of People & Culture
Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen joined Hempel in 2017 as Talent Management Director. Since November 2020, she has held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief People & Culture Officer. Pernille has extensive international experience from both business and people roles in Maersk Line where she worked for more than 15 years.

Lars Joenstrup Dollerup

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance & Digital
As Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Lars Joenstrup Dollerup leads Finance & Digital at Hempel. He joined as CFO in July 2018. Before joining Hempel, Lars was Group CFO of Copenhagen Airports where he worked for a total of 12 years. Prior to that, Lars worked at ISS, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen.

René Overgaard Jensen

Vice President of Strategy & Transformation
René Overgaard Jensen leads Strategy & Transformation at Hempel, joining Hempel in April 2021. René has extensive international transformation and strategy deployment experience through his work with PA Consulting and Maersk Line.