Danske Spil appoints new CEO

Danske Spil new appointments

Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has appointed Nikolas Lynhe-Knudsen as its new Chief Executive Officer

Lynhe-Knudsen will start in his new role from 1st October 2020, taking over from current CEO Susanne Mørch Koch

The Dane has experience in a variety of executive-level roles in Scandinavia’s southernmost company, including a governmental one. 

Lynhe-Knudsen’s appointment follows on from the operator appointing a new chairman last month. 

“Extremely proud” 

Alongside a 10-year spell with the Danish Ministry of Finance, Lynhe-Knudsen has also worked for Danske Radio (DR) – also known as the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

When speaking about his new role at Danske Spil, he had the following to say. 

“I am extremely proud to be part of a historic company that has operated for the benefit of the whole of Denmark for more than 70 years.”  

“Together with the rest of the team at Danske Spil I look forward to continuing to secure the financial foundation under the associations and more than 1,300 initiatives in, among other things, cultural life, sports, health and the protection of the environment and climate, which benefit every year through the distribution funds from over 1 billion Danish Kroner from Danske Spil’s lotteries.”

Danske Spil to get a new Chair too

Last week, Danske Spil announced that Peter Christensen would become the company’s new Chairman. He will take over from Peter Gæmelk, who is leaving his role after 10 years. 

Christensen is a former MP for the Venstre (Left) Liberal Party in Denmark. Under former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, he served as both Minister of Taxation and Minister of Defence. 

Christensen commented on the appointment of Lynhe-Knudsen as CEO. His words are below. 

“I am delighted to welcome Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen to Danske Spil as new CEO on behalf of the board of directors.”  

“[He] has the right skills and personal qualities to continue this important community mission and lay the foundation for the future of Danske Spil.”

Earlier this year, the operator proposed changes to Danish gambling regulation and revealed a 10-point safety plan.