SAS Announces Management Changes and Internal Reorganization
SAS, the leading Scandinavian airline company, has recently made several important announcements regarding management changes and internal reorganization.
One of the key developments is the retirement of Carina Malmgren Heander, the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff. Effective February 1, 2024, Carina Malmgren Heander will officially step down from her role. However, she will continue contributing her expertise as a senior advisor to CEO Anko van der Werff until the summer of 2024, ensuring a smooth transition.
Carina Malmgren Heander, a valuable member of SAS Group Management since 2015, played a crucial role in driving transformation initiatives to build a competitive future for SAS.
“I want to thank Carina for her dedication to SAS during almost a decade of very demanding times. We appreciate her stamina, strategic mindset and focus on achieving results. I wish her all the best in the new phase as she retires,” says President & CEO Anko van der Werff.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been part of SAS Group Management and the journey to secure and maintain SAS’ role as the leading airline in Scandinavia. The dedication and commitment shown by SAS employees every day is something that has made a lasting impression,” says Carina Malmgren Heander.
New Chief People Officer Appointed
Following Malmgren Heander’s retirement, SAS has decided to implement an internal reorganization, which includes establishing a new function called the Chief People function. This function will replace the Chief of Staff position. It will encompass various important roles, including HR and Communication. In line with this, SAS has appointed Pernille Ormholt as the new Chief People Officer.
Upcoming Chief People Officer Pernille Ormholt Vang is a seasoned HR leader with a successful career within the Maersk group. She currently serves as Regional Head of HR for Maersk APAC Region. Ormholt Vang brings extensive experience and expertise to her new role. She will join SAS on January 1, 2024.
“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Pernille Ormholt Vang. With a comprehensive background in Global, Corporate, and Regional HR leadership roles, Pernille brings extensive experience to our organization. Her proven track record in driving organizational transformations makes her a valuable addition to the SAS management team. We look forward to the positive impact this will have,” says Anko van der Werff.
“I am truly honored and excited to embark on this new journey at SAS. My career has been dedicated to creating business results in global organizations, and I look forward to contributing my skills and expertise to the dynamic environment at SAS and together with the team,” says Pernille Ormholt Vang.
General Counsel Joins Group Management
In addition, SAS has also made changes in the Group Management structure. The General Counsel position will now be a part of Group Management. Anna Almén currently serves as the Vice President General Counsel. She will assume the role of Chief Legal Officer within SAS Group Management.
“Anna Almén has been instrumental in SAS’ ongoing restructuring and a driving force in our transformation. Anna has been a valued colleague at SAS for over 20 years, and I look forward to continuing our close cooperation. I am delighted to welcome Anna into the Group Management team,” says Anko van der Werff.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue shaping SAS together with my colleagues and together with our new owners,” concludes Anna Almén.
These upcoming changes reflect SAS’s commitment to organizational development, ensuring effective leadership, and adapting to the evolving needs of the airline industry.