How our company is structured
DFDS’ activities are structured in two commercial divisions:
- Ferry Division moves freight and passengers on ferry routes in Europe
- Logistics Division provides transport and logistics solutions for a wide range of businesses
DFDS operates one of the largest networks of ferry routes in and around Europe, including own terminals in key locations.
All routes operate on fixed schedules and are strategically located to provide freight services to forwarders, hauliers and manufacturers of heavy goods.
Passenger services include overnight and day crossings.
Ferry Division is organised in five business units:
• North Sea
• Baltic Sea
Key figures 2020
• Revenue: DKK 9.7 billion
• Routes: 23
• Freight lane meters: 40.9 million
• Passengers: 1.5 million
Head of Ferry Division
Mathieu GirardinHead of Ferry Division
Mathieu Girardin will be Head of DFDS' Ferry Division, which covers all Passenger, Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax activities and their associated terminals. He joined DFDS in October 2022, as he succeeds Peder Gellert Pedersen, who retired on 1 August 2022.
Provides European door-door transport solutions to manufacturers of consumer and industrial goods.
The main activity is full-and part-load solutions, ambient and temperature-controlled. Logistics solutions are developed in partnership with retailers and producers, including warehousing services and just-in-time concepts.
Solutions are supported by a European network of road, rail and container carriers and DFDS' ferry routes.
Key figures 2020
• Revenue: DKK 5.1 bn
• Sales offices/warehouses: 35/20
• Units transported: 525,000
• Tons transported: 664,000
Head of Logistics Division
Niklas AnderssonExecutive Vice President, Logistics Division
- Born in 1973
Niklas Andersson is Executive Vice President for DFDS's Logistics Division, which includes all land transport on roads and railways, warehousing, cross-docking as well as other logistics services.
Finance – corporate services
Centralised business support services, including:
Group Accounts & Tax
Investor Relations & Corporate Planning
Legal & Insurance
DFDS’ internal Strategy & Consulting team
Head of Finance
Karina DeaconChief Financial Officer
- Born in 1969
Karina Deacon is responsible for Corporate Finance, Group Accounts & Tax, Investor Relations & Corporate Planning, Procurement, Legal & Insurance as well as DFDS’ internal Strategy & Consulting team.
People Division - corporate services
Centralised business support services focused on optimisation of ship operations and maintenance of ships.
HR activities comprise crewing for ships and recruitment of office staff as well as training and development.
Environmental and social responsibility initiatives and cooperation with public institutions.
Head of People Division
Anne-Christine AhrenkielChief People Officer, Executive Vice President for DFDS's People Division
- Born in 1970
Anne-Christine is Chief People Officer, Executive Vice President for DFDS's People Division, which includes all HR and Crewing activities and CSR for the Group.
Technology & Innovation Division
IT and Digital strategies and developments
Responsible for developing and implementing the Group’s IT & digital strategies.
Development and operation of the Group’s IT infrastructure and functionalities.
Development of digital services for the commercial divisions, digital solutions for the Group, new digital business models, technological innovation, automation projects, development of autonomous vehicles, handling and use of data.
Head of Technology Division
Rune KeldsenChief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation Division
- Born in 1979
Rune Keldsen is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the IT & Digital Division.
83% freight, 16% passengers
Freight services generate 83% of DFDS' total revenue and passenger services generate 16%:
- Freight is carried on all routes in DFDS network. 60% of the routes carry only freight
- Transport and logistics solutions are mainly full and part loads as well as contract logistics
- Passenger services are provided on 9 routes
Governance and policies
Our policies for corporate governance, diversity and remuneration are continuously evaluated with due consideration to current legislation, practice and recommendations.
Our story begins in 1866, when C.F. Tietgen merged four Danish steamship companies of the day. Since then, DFDS has developed into a major European shipping and logistics company.