The routes Dieppe-Newhaven, Dover-Calais, Dover-Dunkirk, Copenhagen-Oslo and Amsterdam-Newcastle will along with BU Group Passenger be combined in the Ferry Division’s new BU Short Routes and Passenger that will be headed by Kasper Moos.
BU Group Passenger, BU Channel and the Oslo-Copenhagen route will all be gathered in a new Business unit, BU Short Routes & Passenger, which will be headed by VP Kasper Moos. This unfortunately means that VP Brian Thorsted Hansen will leave DFDS.
Since we established BU Group Passenger in 2017, everyone has been working hard to make the new business unit a success. Whilst introducing the new ways of working, our BU Group Passenger colleagues have succeeded in fulfilling many of our ambitions and proven the value of a global sales organisation
However, we have also seen some challenges that have affected sales and business in some areas, not least as regards the link between local business and the global organisation. Therefore, we need to strengthen our focus on local needs, and the close cooperation between Ships, Sales, Marketing and Yield & Revenue Management.
With this aim, we have decided to bring almost all of our passenger activities under a single management by combining BU Channel (including Amsterdam-Newcastle), Oslo-Copenhagen and BU Group Passenger into a new business unit called BU Short Routes & Passenger.
BU Short Routes & Passenger will be headed by VP Kasper Moos.
As BU Group Passenger is merged into the new Business Unit, this unfortunately means that Brian Thorsted Hansen will leave the company. Brian has done a great job under difficult circumstances, and we owe him thanks for his contribution to DFDS. I wish Brian all the best in the future.
Kasper Moos will continue to report to me.
Kasper will maintain his office in Dover, and everyone currently reporting to Kasper will continue to do so. In addition, the following will as of today report to Kasper:
Kim Heiberg, Route Director, Copenhagen-Oslo
Pete Akerman, Global Marketing Director
Casper Puggaard, Global Sales & Service Director
Lucas Stefan Kragh, Yield & Revenue Management Director
Declan Walsh, Business Development & Strategy director and DIO
Bente Berg, Finance & HR Manager, Administration & Business Support Norway (50%)
There will be no other change of reporting lines.
BU Baltic will continue managing and operating all Baltic Sea routes using BU Short Routes and Passenger as its global sales agency.
I am confident that Kasper (43) is the right person to manage the new BU. His career started at A.P Moller-Maersk as a ships officer and continued in DFDS where he has long proven his management skills, first as a Crewing Manager, then VP and Head of Technical Organisation and most recently as Head of BU Channel. This has prepared him in the best possible way for his new challenging task as Head of BU Short Routes & Passenger.
I very much look forward to working with Kasper on growing our passenger business, and I know that every one of you will do everything in your power to support him.
Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of Ferry Division
As BU Group Passenger is now part of BU Short Routes and Passenger, Brian Thorsted Hansen will leave DFDS.
Ferry Division’s new BU Short Routes and Passenger will be headed by Kasper Moos.
May 24, 2019