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Jakob Thomasen appointed new chairman of Falck Safety Services

Polaris Private Equity has today completed the announced acquisition of Falck Safety Services from the Falck Group and appointed Jakob Thomasen as new Chairman.

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20. September 2018

Thomasen is former CEO of Maersk Oil and a member of the A.P Moller Maersk Executive Board. He has spent more than 30 years in the industry and also runs his own consultancy focusing on transforming the safety performance of the construction business.

Thomasen holds multiple board positions including, Chairman of the DHI Group (managing sustainable water environments), Chairman of ESVAGT (operating offshore support vessels in the North Sea), board member of Lundin Petroleum AB as well as the University of Copenhagen.

He holds a degree in Geoscience from University of Copenhagen and has added leadership training from IMD, Insead and Harvard.

Partner in Polaris, Henrik Bonnerup says: “Jakob Thomasen brings broad international executive leadership experience and extensive knowledge from the Oil & Gas and Maritime industries, which we can benefit from in the development of Falck Safety Services.”

Jakob Thomasen says: “I am really excited about joining Falck Safety Services. Safety is my passion and I already spend much of my time working with safety applying my experience from the oil and shipping businesses. The chairmanship in Falck Safety Services is a perfect fit for me.”

CEO of Falck Safety Services Torben Harring says: “I am thrilled Polaris has been able to attract Jakob Thomasen as Chairman. It underpins their commitment to our continued transformation and buy in to our rapid growth ambition.”

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About Falck Safety Services

Falck Safety Services is an international leader in rescue and safety training, providing safety services to the oil & gas, maritime, renewable energy and other high-risk industries. Falck Safety Services trains staff in safe conduct and survival skills aimed at preventing accidents and injuries. Falck has built these activities from their origin in Denmark into an international leader with 1,000 employees at 33 centres in 20 countries around the world.

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About Polaris 

Polaris is a Danish/Swedish private equity firm headquartered in Copenhagen, which invests in well- established medium sized companies in the Nordics. Since 1998, Polaris has raised 4 funds and obtained capital commitments of EUR 1.2bn. Polaris’ focus is to invest in companies with growth and development potential. To date, Polaris has invested in 38 companies and completed more than 60 add-on investments. Polaris currently owns 13 companies with total revenue of EUR +1bn and 5,000 employees.

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