Palsgaard names new head of innovation unit

by Eric Schroeder
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Claus Hviid Christensen, Palsgaard
Claus Hviid Christensen has been named chief executive officer of Nexus A/S.

JUELSMINDE, DENMARK — Claus Hviid Christensen has been named chief executive officer of Nexus A/S, the independent research and innovation arm of Palsgaard A/S. Mr. Christensen succeeds Viggo Norn.

Educated as a chemist, Mr. Christensen has experience both as a senior executive in large and small technology enterprises, and as a professor in a lengthy academic career. He most recently was managing director of Hviid Christensen ApS, and earlier was vice-president, head of project execution and HSE, wind power, at Dong Energy.

“We will compete in more areas, not just food, and will start to compete more and more with larger companies,” he said. “We are going to cover a lot of new ground with our emulsifiers, beginning with our most recent move into polymers and developing this along with other entirely new business segments. In fact, given that our products, their derivatives and our competencies can be expanded into so many new potential applications and services, we need to choose the next steps with care.”

Birger Brix, group c.e.o. and chairman of the Schou Foundation, which owns both Palsgaard and Nexus, said Mr. Christensen will be a good fit for the company.

 “Nexus and Palsgaard form a uniquely synergistic constellation in which research, development and innovation is conducted in separate, but closely related, entities to ensure that the horizon is sufficiently long and the ambition sufficiently high,” Mr. Brix said. “We’re proud to be able to attract talented people like Claus to our company — and that he wants to be part of a very exciting future, taking Nexus to the next levels as the group grows.”
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