KPI OceanConnect, a leading global marine energy provider, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dorthe Bendtsen to the role of Chief Operating Officer .
Bendtsen, who previously held the position of Head of Corporate Services at KPI OceanConnect, has been an integral part of the company’s executive management team for the past 14 years. The promotion is a testament to Bendtsen’s passion for creating a sustainable bunkering industry and her contribution to KPI OceanConnect’s leadership team in recent years. It also demonstrates KPI OceanConnect’s long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusivity and sustainability.
Commenting on the appointment, KPI OceanConnect’s CEO Anders Grønborg said:“Dorthe’s extensive experience, expertise and leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to evolve our organisation to meet the changing needs of our customers. Our focus is firmly on building strong partnerships and adding value to the supply chain for the green transition and on remaining a leader of our industry’s continued digitalization. Dorthe has been instrumental in the organisation’s growth and mergers with Global Accounts and OceanConnect Marine. She is able to deliver solutions and insights on a breadth of corporate, legal and governance matters. Apart from ensuring operational excellence and productivity in the COO role, Dorthe will continue to lead our sustainability and ESG strategy, including KPI OceanConnect’s successful diversity and inclusivity efforts.”
Grønborg continued: “We acknowledge our responsibility to promote a more sustainable industry across the supply chain in partnership with our stakeholders. With our new COO, we are making a significant commitment in terms of resources and focus on sustainability, for example by further strengthening our offering of bespoke decarbonisation solutions and expertise. We are committed to sharing knowledge, providing innovative solutions and being a trusted partner in the transition to low-carbon energy. We believe in leading by example and fostering long-term partnerships that add value and benefits to all parties.”
Diversity is also shown to benefit approaches to innovation and sustainability in the shipping industry, which are core values at KPI OceanConnect. The global organisation has a proven track record in this area, having a gender balance of 40% women in the overall workforce and 30% in senior management positions. The company is currently running a Women in Shipping campaign to raise awareness of the many exciting career opportunities that exist for women in the shipping and marine fuel industries.
Bendtsen comments: “I am proud to be part of a dynamic and progressive organisation that rewards hard work, passion and commitment and offers opportunities for both personal development and professional progression. As COO, I look forward to playing a key role in KPI OceanConnect’s future development and success, enhancing our ESG initiatives and sustainability strategy, and delivering exceptional value and service to our business partners together with our great team around the world.”
Bendtsen holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Economics from London Metropolitan University, an MA in Management from the University of Westminster and is currently completing The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme to become a Chartered Governance Professional / Company Secretary later this year. Bendtsen was recently selected in the Top 100 women in shipping by All About Shipping for her focus on ESG within the organisation.