Company Structure

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​​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

shipping structure Ferry Division

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
• Channel
• Mediterranean
• Passenger

Key figures 2023

• Revenue: DKK 16.5 billion
• Routes: 30
• Freight lane meters: 38.4 million
• Passengers: 4.5 million

Head of Ferry Division

Mathieu Girardin

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Mathieu Girardin

Head of Ferry Division
  • Born in 1982

Mathieu Girardin is Head of DFDS' Ferry Division, which covers all Passenger, Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax activities and their associated terminals.

logistics structure Logistics Division

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 2023

• Revenue: DKK 12.1 bn
• Sales offices/warehouses/custom offices: 27/35/14
• Units transported: 525,000
• Tons transported: 664,000

Head of Logistics Division

Niklas Andersson

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Niklas Andersson

Executive 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 structure Finance

Finance – corporate services

Centralised business support services, including:
Corporate Finance
Group Accounts & Tax
Investor Relations & Corporate Planning
Legal & Insurance
DFDS’ internal Strategy & Consulting team

Head of Finance

Karen Dyrskjøt Boesen

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Karen Dyrskjøt Boesen

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Born in 1971

Karen Dyrskjøt Boesen is responsible for Corporate Finance, Group Accounts & Tax, Investor Relations & Corporate Planning, Procurement, Legal & Insurance as well as DFDS’ internal Strategy & Consulting team.

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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 Ahrenkiel

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Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel

Chief 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.

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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 Keldsen

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Rune Keldsen

Chief 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.

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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
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Governance and policies

Our policies for corporate governance, diversity and remuneration are continuously evaluated with due consideration to current legislation, practice and recommendations.


Our history

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.

Taking responsibility

Taking responsibility

DFDS aspires to act responsibly when we carry passangers and freight on our ships and provide transport and logistics solutions to manufacturers.