Focus on World Family Business Leaders | Robert Maersk Uggla

Everybody has heard of the world acclaimed Maersk shipping lines. This week the Family Business Office, for its 27thedition of ‘Focus On’ brings you Danish giant family business Maersk holding , and its recent appointment of fifth generation heir, Mr Robert Maersk Uggla, chief executive officer at Maersk Moller Holding.

Robert Mærsk Uggla became Vice Chairman of Maersk Drilling’s Board of Directors in January 2019.

He started his career with A.P. Moller – Maersk in 2004 at Maersk line, and later became Maersk’s country manager in the United Arab Emirates. In 2011, he was appointed CEO of Maersk’s tanker business, Broström, and between 2012 and 2016 he was CEO of Svitzer. In 2016 he became A.P. Moller Holding’s CEO.

Robert holds an MSc in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics, and has studied at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford Business School and Harvard Business School.

A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company and member of the A.P. Moller Group. Connecting and simplifying trade to help customers grow and thrive. With a dedicated team of over 80.000 employees, operating in 130 countries; this is truly one sizeable family business.

The founding family of the A.P. Moller Group comprises 150 years’ experience in shipping and world trade – from sailing ships to container vessels, from general cargoes in steam ships to oil cargoes in ultra large crude carriers, from telegrams to modern information technology and communication, from regional trades to global reach.

Peter Mærsk Møller supported his son A.P. Møller who in 1904 established what would later become A.P. Moller – Maersk. A.P. Møller’s son, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, was the third generation and now Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller’s grandson, Robert Maersk Uggla, is the CEO.

Robert Maersk Uggla is the son af Ane M. M. Uggla. He studied at the Stockholm School of Economics and later at the Univerità Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Harvard Business School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and IMD.

After a brief stint in the finance industry, Robert M. Uggla joined the A.P. Moller Group in 2004, initially in the Mergers & Acquisitions field. During 2006-2016, Robert M. Uggla held various leadership positions in Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers and Svitzer before joining A.P. Moller Holding as CEO in 2016.

Robert M. Uggla has led the build-up of the A.P. Moller Holding team to become the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation.

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