CEO Lars-Peter Søbye, 57 years, from COWI has been elected new Chairman of the Board at the Confederation of Danish Industry. The civil engineer brings with him 32 years of experience in a global company, a firm belief in the power of solidarity and great admiration for Formula 1 pit stops.
DI Business met with Lars-Peter Søbye 14 days after his election as Chairman of the Board at the Confederation of Danish Industry, which took place at the constituent meeting of the Central Board following the general assembly on 26 September, 2017.
“The members’ top man,” he calls the position – which he is both humbled by and proud of being elected for.
And then he returns to the subject of cooperation.
“I have deep respect for the members of DI. They are hardcore experts in their respective fields. But with more than 10,000 of them in DI, there are many different company sizes and types of sectors, stakeholders and relations. It’s about coming together as a community. Here, I believe that I have something to offer,” he says.
His history for doing so lies at COWI, where he has worked for 32 years and is now pouring coffee, offering chocolates and seeming utterly unfazed by the camera’s clicking away all around him.
It was at COWI that Lars-Peter Søbye first began his career as a newly graduated civil engineer in 1986. This is where he landed his first managerial position in 1993, and where he reached the very top as CEO in 2008.
In the same time period, COWI has grown from being a consulting engineering firm with 800 employees and a few assignments abroad to being a global group with nearly 7,000 employees and 13,000 projects in over 40 countries.
Lars-Peter Søbye is no stranger to the Confederation of Danish Industry. He served as chairman of DI Global Talent’s Advisory Board from 2015-2017 and has been member of DI’s Business Policy Committee since 2008.
Lars-Peter Søbye hold a postgraduate degree MSc in civil engineering from the Aalborg University. He is married and father to two grown children.