Rene Wrona Kristensen
Rene Wrona Kristensen joined Danske Bank London Branch as Head of Corporate Banking in September 2015, prior to which he held a variety of senior management positions within Danske Bank’s head office in Copenhagen.
Rene’s career within the Corporate Banking sector of the Danske Bank Group commenced in 2001. His first role within this sector was as Head of the newly created Finance Centre. In 2007 he was afforded the responsibility for all Corporate clients, including the specialist function within the Copenhagen Area segment, resulting in his promotion to Member of the Management Board. In 2011 Rene was appointed as Head of Danske Bank’s newly established Danish Large Customer department, followed in 2014 by his appointment as the Global Segment Lead for Large Customers, within Business Banking.
Rene holds a Master of Law degree (LLM) from the University of Copenhagen and during his extensive career has completed various senior executive educational programmes, including terms at the London Business School and Harvard Business School.
In his limited spare time, Rene plays tennis and golf and feeds his passion for the UK’s treasures by supporting the National Trust.
Conny Kalcher joined the LEGO Company in 1985, and has held key management positions in departments ranging from toys and software to publishing, theme parks, and innovation and marketing.
She is currently Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Experiences, ensuring that the company constantly improves the understanding of the LEGO consumer and uses insights to create even better experiences for all LEGO fans.
Before this role, Conny was Vice President - People, Culture and Corporate Communications, orchestrating the turnaround of HR strategy in cooperation with the LEGO board. She has also served as Vice President for the Global Marketing & Innovation department, responsible for lines including LEGO City, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.
Conny holds a degree in International Marketing and has completed various senior executive education programs at Insead, IMD, Harvard and London Business School. Conny is a Non-executive Director of the Council of the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Limited and is a renowned international speaker on the subjects of Consumer Engagement, Loyalty and Advocacy (NPS).
Louis Wheeler (Chairman)
Louis Wheeler joined the DUCC Board of Directors in May 2010, having served previously from 2001-2006.
He is owner/director of Wheeler Grant Ltd, and is currently a Business Sales and Acquisition Consultant with Hornblower Business Brokers. He has undertaken interim management and consulting roles at CEO and director level. Louis has 34 years international commercial experience in BP, fulfilling global leadership roles, including business development and operations in the B2B sector. He has also been involved in major global change management projects.
Louis lived and worked in Denmark for over 2 years, and has chaired subsidiary businesses in Scandinavia, Benelux and the UK, including BP Gas Danmark A/S.
Louis has undertaken several industry representative roles, chairing two UK industry associations, and represented the UK in two European industry associations. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), and the Federation of Small Businesses.
Ulrik Walther (Treasurer)
Ulrik J. Walther is Director of Official Institutions at BNP Paribas Investment Partners with focus on Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.
BNP Paribas Investment Partners is the asset management arm of the French banking group BNP Paribas and invests over $600 billion of assets on behalf of clients around the world. As Director of Official Institutions, Ulrik is responsible for the business relationships with Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and government institutions. He also works as an external lecturer at the Institute of the International Monetary Fund.
Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Ulrik served 5 years with Fidelity Investments and 15 years J.P. Morgan and associated companies undertaking numerous assignments within investment banking, structured finance, asset management.
Ulrik has worked in voluntary organisations for many years and has served as Secretary-General of The Nordic Young Conservative Union, Executive Committee Member of the Democratic Youth Community of Europe and member of the Council for International Development under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 4 years.
He has been active within the Danish community in the United Kingdom since 1998 as Honorary Treasurer of the Danish Club from 1998 to 2002 and Council member of the DUCC since 2002.
Benedikte Malling Bech
Benedikte Malling Bech joined the DUCC board of directors in July 2012. Benedikte is a founding partner of North Star Law Ltd.
Benedikte Malling is a solicitor specialising in advising non-domiciled individuals in the UK on tax and property matters. Born in Denmark, she moved to the UK when she was 10. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge University she spent her formative years working in London and New York for two of the top 10 international law firms in the world.
She founded North Star Law Ltd in 2009 and today concentrates on assisting Danish individuals and companies in the UK. She was ranked as a notable practitioner in both Chambers and Partners 2012 and Chambers and Partners 2013.
Brent Cheshire was Country Chairman of DONG Energy in the UK and also Managing Director of DONG Energy Wind Power, where he had the responsibility for Country Management across the footprint. He has been with the company since 2004, when he was appointed as its first UK employee and Managing Director for E&P. Over the last 10 years he developed the business into one of the largest acreage holders in the West of Shetlands and the leading offshore Wind Developer in the UK.
DONG Energy is one of the largest investors in the UK offshore wind industry and has invested over £6 billion to date in its developments and operations. In May 2012 DONG Energy acquired Shell Gas Direct, now DONG Energy for Business, to sell gas and electricity in the UK B2B market and this is currently number 3 in the wholesale market.
Prior to that Brent spent 14 years with Shell International Petroleum, much of it overseas.
Brent gained an Honours degree in Geology from Durham University. Brent continues to support the development of Durham Energy Institute, for which he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2012.
Henrik Skourup Hansen
For +15 years Dennis Englund has successfully contributed to the continuous growth in the Nordics of leading international consumer brands. This has been achieved through senior positions within sales, marketing and general management. Before moving to England, he worked with one of the most successful IT-stories in Denmark, the global social network for tweens called MovieStarPlanet, adding invaluable experience within digital platforms and business models to an already rich toolbox within sales and marketing.
Today Dennis is the Market Director, UK for VisitDenmark, the Danish national tourism board. In this role he manages a team of 10 with the aim of promoting Denmark as an attractive destination, for leisure as well as business purposes. Networking is key in building bridges between the many Danish tourism partners and key stakeholders in the UK with a particular attention to press, partnerships, media and new digital platforms.
Dennis is also a member of the Board of ANTOR (Association of National Tourist Organisations in the UK). He holds a master in International Marketing & Strategy from Copenhagen Business School and has completed the Senior Executive Management Program from London Business School
Hans Christian Iversen
Hans Christian has over 20 years experience in both line management in media, private equity and in management consulting on a European basis, having worked and lived in Scandinavia, Germany, France, Poland and the UK. Furthermore, he is able to operate and work fluently in more than six European languages.
He started his career in London with Arthur D. Little advising clients in mobile communications and capital markets, before moving on to head up Logica in Scandinavia with responsibility for setting up IT dealing systems throughout the Nordic region and working closely with the Copenhagen and Oslo Stock Exchange.
In the past 9 years Hans Christian has worked particularly in consulting in Scandinavia and the UK for Deloitte Consulting and Roland Berger as a partner with specialisation in media, IT and telecommunications. In the past two years he has also operated as working chairman for the stockbroker Lawshare in Tunbridge Wells and has most recently been involved in private equity through Committed Capital and Faroese Telecom International. Further, he has looked after family company’s in real-estate and wholesale distribution in the stationary business and thereby keeps a close link to his home-region Scandinavia.
Rene Falch Olesen
Mr. Rene Falch Olesen has been Chief Commercial Officer of DSV A/S since September 29, 2016
Here he is leading the commercial development of the Group, covering all three divisions - Air/Sea, Road and Solutions. He is the owner of systems and concepts supporting Customers and Sales/Marketing operations - these include global concepts on Customer Success, NPS, Salesforce CRM, Apttus Quote to Cash as well as our Digital Strategy.
Prior to that he was CEO, DSV Road Ltd for over 5 years and has been active in the transport industry over 27 years.
He holds a degree from INSEAD in General Management Programme.