Executive Management

Our management structure

The company has a two-tier management structure consisting of the Board of Directors and Executive Management.

The Board of Directors supervises the performance of the company, its management and organisation on behalf of the shareholders. It also participates in determining the company strategy.

Executive Management, in turn, has responsibility for the company's daily operations.

The two bodies are separate, and no person serves as a member of both.

Executive Management profiles


Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen
President and chief executive officer (CEO) 


Monique Carter

Executive vice president and head of People & Organisation


Maziar Mike Doustdar

Executive vice president and head of International Operations 


Ludovic Helfgott
Executive vice president and head of Biopharm


Karsten Munk Knudsen
Executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO)


Doug Langa

Executive vice president and head of North America Operations


Camilla Sylvest
Executive vice president and head of Commercial Strategy & Corporate Affairs


Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen

Executive vice president and chief scientific officer (CSO)


Henrik Wulff

Executive vice president and head of Product Supply, Quality & IT


About Executive management

Executive Management is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company. It consists of the President and chief executive officer (CEO) and eight executives. Executive Management’s responsibilities include overall conduct of the business and all operational matters, organisation of the company as well as allocation of resources, determination and implementation of strategies and policies, direction-setting and ensuring timely reporting and provision of information to the Board and Novo Nordisk’s stakeholders. Executive Management is also responsible for oversight, implementation and audit of environmental, social and related policies.

Executive Management meets at least once a month and often more frequently.

Employment of executives

The Board appoints members of Executive Management and determines its remuneration.

The Chairmanship reviews the performance of the executives. As part of the Organisational Development Process, the Chairmanship identifies successors to executives and presents the names of such candidates to the Board for approval.

Executive Committees

The Executive Management has established a number of executive committees to assist or implement Executive Management's decisions. Such committees include the Research Portfolio Committee responsible for management of the research portfolio and the early device portfolio, the Product Development Committee responsible for management of the product development and device portfolios and the Disclosure Committee overseeing Novo Nordisk’s disclosures to the capital markets.