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Novo Nordisk Foundation Announces New Board Members

The Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation has four new members and a new Vice Chair.

Marianne Philip, partner and Chair of the Board of Kromann Reumert, a leading law firm in Denmark, has been elected to the Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Marianne Philip specializes in company law and foundation law and is one of Denmark’s most experienced lawyers in these fields. She has in-depth experience in the financial and life-science sectors and has participated in several landmark corporate transactions in these areas. Marianne Philip is replacing Jørgen Boe, who has served on the Board since 2000. Steen Riisgaard, who joined the Board in 2013, succeeds Jørgen Boe as Vice Chair.

In addition, three new employee representatives have been elected to the Board: Anne Marie Kverneland, laboratory technician and shop steward at Novo Nordisk A/S; Karen L. Lauritsen, IT architecture specialist at Novo Nordisk A/S; and Lars Bo Køppler, food technician and shop steward at Novozymes A/S.

These three new members succeed Ulla Morin and Søren Thuesen Pedersen, who both joined the Board of the Foundation in 2002, and Stig Strøbæk, who has served on the Board since 1998.

Sten Scheibye, Chair of the Board of the Foundation, says: “Marianne Philip brings to the Board valuable legal skills and experience in the acquisition and sale of companies, extensive knowledge on corporate governance and in-depth experience from other board directorships. We look forward to working with Marianne. I also want to thank Jørgen Boe for many years of excellent service on the Board. The development during the past 14 years has been remarkable, and Jørgen has contributed throughout this period.”

“We also warmly welcome Anne Marie Kverneland, Karen L. Lauritsen and Lars Bo Køppler. We look forward to working with these new colleagues. I also want to profoundly thank the three departing employee representatives for their committed efforts and important contributions to the work of the Board over many years,” adds Sten Scheibye.

Since 2007, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded more than DKK 5 billion (€670 million) in grants – primarily to support research in biomedicine and biotechnology in Denmark and the other Nordic countries.


MSc, director
Born in 1951
Has an MSc degree in microbiology from the University of Copenhagen. Joined Novo Nordisk, Enzymes Research and Development, 1979. Held several posts in the company and subsequently served as CEO of Novozymes A/S, 2000–2013.
Board appointments: Chair of ALK-Abello A/S; Cowi A/S; Egmont International Holding A/S; Rockwool International A/S; New Xellia Group A/S; and WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Denmark. Vice Chair of the Villum Foundation. Board member of Novo A/S and Aarhus University.

Member of the Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation since 2013.


Born in 1957
LLB 1980; LLM, Duke University, USA, 1983; right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court.
Board appointments: Chair of the Boards of Scan Office A/S; Gerda & Victor B. Strands Fond (Toms Group Foundation); and Kromann Reumert. Member of the Boards of Codan A/S; Codan Forsikring A/S; Nordea Invest; Brenntag Nordic A/S; and Duke University Law School. Marianne Philip is also Vice Chair of the Committee on Corporate Governance.

Since 1987, Marianne Philip has been a lawyer and partner of Kromann Reumert, a leading law firm in Denmark.


Laboratory technician
Born in 1956
Trained at Rigshospitalet – Copenhagen University Hospital, 1980; employed at Novo Nordisk A/S since 1981; and is currently a full-time shop steward at the company.

Has served as an employee representative on the Board of Novo Nordisk A/S since 2000.


MSc, IT architecture specialist
Born in 1968
Has an MSc degree in mathematics-economics from Aarhus University and has been employed by Novo Nordisk A/S since 2004. Has in-depth experience in implementing and supporting IT solutions and in interdisciplinary projects.


Born in 1962
Trained as a food technician at the Danish Meat Trade College in Roskilde in 1980 and was employed that year by Novozymes A/S. Is a qualified lead auditor in food, food safety and quality management.
Has served as an employee representative on the Board of Novozymes A/S since 2010.
Is a shop steward for technicians at Novozymes A/S.


Sten Scheibye, Chair of the Board, Novo Nordisk Foundation, tel.: +45 3075 5050
Christian Mostrup Scheel, Press Officer, Novo Nordisk Foundation, tel.: +45 3067 4805