Denmark-based advanced software and ADS-B technology provider AIR SUPPORT founder and owner Per Jensen has decided to step down as CEO after 33 years in the captain's seat. Jensen will continue as a member of the board of directors, and his successor will be current COO of five years Peter Skovrup Nielsen.
"The time has come where it feels right for me to withdraw from the day-to-day management of AIR SUPPORT. To safeguard the company's future, AIR SUPPORT must be independent of me as a person and as an executive. In the future, I will focus solely on business development within the industry, inside and outside of AIR SUPPORT," says Jensen.
Chairman of the board Klavs Vejlang adds: "Per Jensen is and will always be synonymous with AIR SUPPORT but his departure from the position of CEO is an important part of the plan for Per and for AIR SUPPORT, a plan we have been working on for several years. I am pleased that we have now reached the point where it is possible to carry out the succession plan in the top management. With Per's innovative nature, it is a natural step for him to focus all his energy on business development. I look forward to our continued good cooperation on the board."
So the AIR SUPPORT board has appointed Nielsen as the new CEO, effective now.
Vejlang continues: "Peter Skovrup Nielsen has been a key member of the executive board and has strongly contributed to the successful development of AIR SUPPORT. In recent years we have been growing rapidly, and we have optimised the organisation and the processes that support our operations. In doing so, AIR SUPPORT has streamlined the business, improved profitability and introduced new and innovative products."
Nielsen has been COO since 2017, when he joined the company after 13 years with Danish Air Transport.
"It is the biggest vote of confidence to be given responsibility for the company Per has dedicated 33 years to," he says. "I am naturally very proud and humbled by that. Together with our talented team, I look forward to leaving my mark on the future development of AIR SUPPORT. It is important for me to carry the company forward in the spirit and with the culture that Per Jensen has ensured since the beginning in 1989, a spirit where employees, customers and suppliers are treated with the greatest respect. Only in this way can we continue to be increasingly competitive and develop innovative solutions."
As Jensen steps, he also leaves the AIR SUPPORT executive board that hereafter consists of CEO Nielsen, CCO Peter Gravesen and CSO Henrik Holm.