About the Council


Soren Toft

Søren Toft,

Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line
Maersk Group

Søren Toft was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Maersk Liner Business in January 2014.

Søren is responsible for Maersk Line's global operations, fleet and technical management. The operations' objective is to provide the most reliable and efficient service to Maersk Line customers at the lowest possible cost. Maersk Line operates a fleet of about 550 vessels and the organization continuously seeks to optimize the fleet and its deployment by introducing innovative approaches and technologies.

Søren joined A.P. Møller-Maersk in 1994 as a management trainee. For nearly two decades he held a number of leadership roles in sales, strategy and operations in Denmark, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Germany and The Netherlands. Most recently, Søren was Vice President and Head of Network Planning in Maersk Line, responsible for setting the global network strategy that contributed to delivering significant savings to the organization.

Søren holds an Executive MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Maersk Group is a worldwide congolmerate and operates in some 130 countries with a workforce of over 89,000 employees. In addition to owning one of the world's largest shipping companies, Maersk is involved in a wide range of activities in the shipping, logistics, and oil and gas industries. The Maersk Group has five core businesses that include Maersk Line, APM Terminals, Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling and APM Shipping Services. The last business area is comprised of Maersk Supply Service, Maersk Tankers, Damco and Svitzer. The Maersk Group's revenue in 2014 was USD 48 billion.

Maersk Line is the world's largest container shipping company, serving customers in 374 offices and 116 countries. Maersk Line employs 7,100 seafarers and 25,500 land-based employees and operates 619 container vessels. Brands include Maersk Line, Safmarine and SeaLand (Intra-Americas). Maersk Line is also the holding company for MCC Transport (Intra-Asia), Seago Line (Intra-Europe) and Mercosul (Brazil).