Our organization

A global company with local agility

To ensure global consistency, local expertise and commercial agility, the Hempel Group is organized in two dimensions. Our regions support our global and local customers and have responsibility for operational execution. Our group functions ensure process excellence and operational synergies across the Group.

We’re proudly owned by the Hempel Foundation and governed by the Hempel A/S Board of Directors.


  • Our Executive Management Board
    Lars Petersson Group President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    Lars Jønstrup Dollerup Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
     Peter Kirkegaard
     Executive Vice President & Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO) 
    Michael Hansen
    Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
    Steen Hoff
    (Acting) Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Our Operational Management Board
    Todd Cottrell Group Vice President, North America
    Lars Gautier Sørensen Group Vice President, South America
    Mark Rees Group Vice President, Middle East
    Michael Mei Group Vice President, North Asia
    Pernille Lind Olsen Group Vice President, South & East Asia
    Nikolaj Gertz Group Director, Strategy & M&A
    Joe Devitt Group Vice President, Crown Paints

  • The Hempel A/S Board of Directors
    Richard Sand Chairman
    Eric Alström Deputy Chairman
    Marianne Wiinholt Chairman of the Audit Committee
    Leif Jensen  
    Susanna Schneeberger  
    Søren P. Olesen  
    Helle Fiedler Elected by the employees
    Mark Terrell Sutton Elected by the employees
    Maria Gomis Elected by the employees

Our heritage

Hempel has been protecting assets for over 100 years. In 1915, J.C. Hempel established the company in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was just 21 years of age at the time and had just DKK 300 in his pocket, but his idea to sell ready-mixed marine paints would go on to revolutionize the Danish marine industry. J.C. Hempel delivered the first order himself on his bicycle, with the cans of paint dangling from the handlebars.

J.C. Hempel led our company for over 70 years. His belief that it’s “the will to want that creates the skill to do” still inspires our colleagues today. He believed a company’s greatest asset is its people. As we continue to grow globally, we remain a company where colleagues are truly valued and looked after.

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