NORLEX’ management is made up of independent external board members as well as the company’s founders.
NORLEX A/S Board of Directors:
Carsten Neumann (Chairman), Jens Husted Kjær, Christian Kemp, Morten Schaldemose
NORLEX CHEMICALS A/S Board of Directors:
Jan Lauridsen (Chairman), Jens Husted Kjær, Christian Kemp, Morten Schaldemose, Carsten Neumann
NORLEX SYSTEMS A/S Board of Directors:
Jens Husted Kjær (Chairman), Christian Kemp, Thomas Eilkaer, Carsten Neumann, Ole Petersen
Jens Husted Kjær
Managing Director, NorlexJens holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He started his career as Commissioning Manager at FL Smidth A/S, where he was responsible for the opening of cement factories in countries such as Israel, China, Pakistan, Chile and Spain. Later on, Jens moved to Haldor Topsøe A/S as Business Manager, where he started a new catalyst division.
As an entrepreneur, Jens founded and was the Director of CoMeTas A/S. Here, he created an award-winning growth company specialising in ceramic membrane technology. Later on, he took on a position as Chief Business Innovation Director at Grundfos Management A/S. In 2012, Jens moved to Calgary to start up Oreco Canada Corp.
In addition, Jens has helped start a number of other companies, including Copenhagen Chemicals ApS, which is now Norlex Chemicals and where, together with Christian Kemp, he is the main shareholder. Jens is also the CEO of Alumichem Corp., Waterhouse Environmental Services Corp. in Vancouver and Nordisk Aluminat A/S.
Managing Director, Norlex and Norlex ChemicalsChristian has a BSc in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), has studied economics at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and holds a diploma in business administration from CBS as well.
Christian has more than 20 years of experience in chemistry and equipment for water purification in Denmark and internationally. He began his career selling filtration solutions to the pharmaceutical and other industries before becoming a consulting engineer at Birch & Krogboe (now Alectia). Christian then moved to GE Water & Power, where he worked with specialty chemicals for water and wastewater treatment, boilers, cooling systems and refinery processes.
As an entrepreneur, Christian helped found Innovayt, advising companies around the EU and national support schemes. After selling his shares in Innovayt, Christian founded Applications Factory, which worked with the development of electrochemical flocculation processes for the fishing industry.
In 2011, Christian founded Copenhagen Chemicals (now Norlex Chemicals) together with Jens Husted Kjær and has built the business as the CEO. Together with Jens Husted Kjær, Christian is the main shareholder in Norlex.
THOMAS EILKÆR HANSEN
Director, Board Member, Norlex SystemsThomas holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and Fluid Mechanics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is co-founder of Norlex Systems.
Thomas has worked with design, production and operation of water purification systems in more than 10 years. Thomas has patented several innovative technologies and been co-founder of a number of companies all within the field of water purification and related technologies.
He has lived a number of years in Canada where he was responsible for the development of a technical organization at Oreco Canada Corp. He has international sales experience from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Chairman of Board, NorlexCarsten has a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA and a BBA from Henley Business School in the UK, and is a state authorised realtor specialising in business development and strategic management in the B2B market, as well as M & A, capital brokerage, in and outsourcing, turnaround and interim management.
Carsten has more than 40 years of board experience from commercial companies, which includes 32 years as a board member and 27 as a chairman.
Carsten has extensive experience with direct management responsibility and financial management at a significant level (up to DKK 8 billion), including as Group Managing Director, as well as experience as a business owner, an independent consultant and a mentor at DTU. For a number of years he has also assisted A.P. Møller Group, the world’s largest shipping company, with their business development and joint venture assignments in Denmark and abroad.
Director, Board member, Norlex & Norlex ChemicalsMorten Schaldemose has an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and also holds an EMBA with honours from INSEAD. Morten has served as the Executive Vice President of the refinery unit of Haldor Topsøe A/S since 2013. He has held a number of positions at Haldor Topsøe within the refinery area, including Head of Marketing and Sales.
Morten started at Haldor Topsøe in 1997 after working for Kuwait Petroleum International. From 2008 to 2013 he was the COO and CEO at several clean-tech companies before returning to Haldor Topsøe.
Chairman of Board Norlex Chemicals
Jan has a BSc in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), has studied management and organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and at INSEAD in France.
Jan has more than 40 years of management experience and more than 30 years of board experience from commercial companies, which includes 30 years as a board member and 25 as a chairman. His executive experience includes assignments as CEO, Managing Director, EVP operations and EVP business development and board member in companies in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg and Denmark.
He is specialized in strategic management, business development, organizational development and management growth in the B2B market. He has started up companies, operated companies, turned around companies, been involved in mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing in global environments and different cultures in Scandinavia, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Far East, Canada and the USA.
Jan speaks English, German, French, and Danish.
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