President and CEO, Novozymes
Dr. Peder Holk Nielsen has dedicated his career to the field of industrial biotechnology, beginning in 1984 as a Marketing Manager in the Enzymes Division of Novo A/S. Through the years, Dr. Nielsen has worked in many different parts of the business, shaping the company as it is today and solidifying the market insight and research capabilities that will foster Novozymes in the future. Dr. Nielsen’s career path quickly took him into a number of leadership roles. He took over as CEO in 2013. During his many years in management, Dr. Nielsen has focused on developing Novozymes’ organization, people and processes to effectively turn customer insights into product ideas and deliver solutions that excite customers. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and a B.Com. in International Business Management from Copenhagen Business School.