Company structure

​​How our company is structured

DFDS company structure

DFDS’ activities are structured in two commercial divisions:

  • The Shipping Division moves freight and passengers on ferry routes in Europe.
  • The Logistics Division provides transport and logistics solutions for a wide range of businesses.
The commercial divisions are supported by two corporate service functions:

  • People & ships
  • Finance


Shipping Division

DFDS Shipping operates one of the largest networks of ferry routes in Northern Europe, including our 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 short overnight crossings.

The Shipping Division is organized into five business units:

  • North Sea
  • Baltic Sea
  • Channel
  • France and Mediterranean
  • Passenger

Key figures 2017
Head of division: er Gellert Pedersen
Revenue: DKK 9.9bn
Routes: 19
Freight lane metres: 37.8m
Passengers: 5.3m


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 2017
Head of division: Eddie Green
Revenue: DKK 5.2 bn
Sales offices/warehouses: 31/18
Units transported, '000: 548.5
Tons transported, '000: 400.4



A corporate service function that provides:

Centralised business support services, including IT, Digital, Procurement, Corporate Finance and Accounts. The latter also operates a shared finance service centre in Poland.

Head of Finance
CFO and Executive Vice President: Torben Carlsen


People & ships

People & Ships 

A corporate service function that provides:

  • Technical provides technical and maintenance services of ships, technical monitoring and newbuilding services.
  • Ship operations provide services for the nautical and technical operation of the ships.
  • HR (Human resources) is responsible for leadership development, hiring, union agreements and social initiatives.
  • Crewing manages hiring of crewmembers, leadership development and union agreements for staff at sea.
  • Training and Development is responsible for training of leaders and staff as well as talent development programmes.
  • Environmental and social initiatives develop and manage DFDS' corporate social responsibility initiatives and cooperation with public institutions.

Head of People & ships
Exe. Vice President: Henrik Holck


How revenue is split across operations

Cargo straps from DFDS

80% freight, 20% passengers


Across divisions and business units, freight services generate around 80% of DFDS' total revenue and passenger services generate around 20%.

  • Freight shipping services are provided on all routes in the DFDS ferry network. Just over half 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 just under half of the routes in DFDS' ferry network.

DFDS Management


The DFDS Executive Board comprises CEO and CFO. Our Executive Management team comprises heads of Shipping Division, Logistics Division and People & Ships.

View our leadership team
C.F Tietgen

Our history

Our story began in 1866 when C. F. Tietgen merged the three biggest Danish steamship companies of the day. Since then, DFDS has developed into being a major European shipping and logistics company.

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DFDS warehouse


We safeguard our employees, infrastructure, and environmental impact. We are responsible for our passengers’ safety, our customers’ freight, and our shareholders’ investment.

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