The Port of Esbjerg's board of directors will soon launch a recruitment process to find a new CEO after Ole Ingrisch announced he will retire by the end of February 2019.
"A fantastic journey is coming to an end, and I am very grateful for having been given the opportunity of heading the Port of Esbjerg during a period of dynamic growth," Ole Ingrisch said. "Over the past 15 years, all the Port’s dedicated stakeholders have supported the development of the Port - board members, owners, customers, and staff members. I would very much like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for their great support!"
He further added he will stay connected to the market through various board memberships and consultancy jobs.
Ingrisch has been holding the position at the Port of Esbjerg since 2003, leading the port's development process towards where it is today, which includes an area increase by more than 1 million m2 – the new East Port. During the same period, the top and bottom line figures of the Port have increased significantly, the Port of Esbjerg stated.
Flemming N. Enevoldsen, chairman of the Port of Esbjerg’s board of directors, said: "In virtue of his strategic flair, consequent execution, and passionate commitment Ole Ingrisch has transformed the Port of Esbjerg into one of Northern Europe’s leading ports. Today, the Port of Esbjerg is not only Europe’s leading offshore wind port but also an innovative hub for the Danish oil and gas industry and Denmark’s leading RoRo port."
To remind, in 2017, a capacity of 1,300MW of offshore wind in wind turbine components was shipped via the port – 200MW more than in 2016.
"The city of Esbjerg and the Port of Esbjerg are two sides of the same coin. To the city, it is of the utmost importance that the person at the helm of the port is highly competent," said Jesper Frost Rasmussen, Mayor of the Municipality of Esbjerg. "Ole Ingrisch is, indeed, highly competent, and he has had substantial influence on the process that has transformed Esbjerg into the Energy Metropolis that it is today. In this context, I especially want to emphasize the importance of the Port’s master plan from 2004 which marked the starting point of the Port’s remarkable growth journey that has resulted in the creation of a significant number of jobs within the municipality of Esbjerg."