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William Demant Holding A/S (WDH.CO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Niels Christiansen

51 2017 Independent Chairman of the Board

Soeren Nielsen

48 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Executive Board

Niels Jacobsen

60 2017 Deputy Chairman of the Board

Rene Schneider

45 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Executive Board

Thomas Duer

45 2015 Director, Staff-elected

Peter Foss

62 2017 Director

Ole Lundsgaard

49 2003 Director, Staff-elected

Joergen Moeller Nielsen

56 2017 Director, Staff-elected

Benedikte Leroy

48 2014 Independent Director

Lars Rasmussen

59 2016 Independent Director

Soeren Bergholt Andersson

41 2015 Vice President, Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Niels Christiansen

Mr. Niels Bjoern Christiansen has served as Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors of William Demant Holding A/S since March 27, 2017. He has been Independent Director of the Company since March 31, 2008. He is also Chief Executive Officer of LEGO A/S, and Board Member of A.P. Moeller – Maersk A/S. He has experience in international management with global industrial companies. He also has Board experience in various industries. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD from 1993 and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Danmarks Tekniske Universitet from 1991.

Soeren Nielsen

Mr. Soeren Nielsen has been appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board at William Demant Holding A/S, effective as of April 1, 2017. He no longer serves as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Executive Board of the Company, effective as of April 1, 2017. He has held this position since June 16, 2015. He joined the Company in 1995 and has since then worked within multiple areas of the Group. In his first years, he worked with the Group’s then newly acquired hearing aid manufacturer, Bernafon, in Switzerland where he was instrumental in integrating Bernafon into the William Demant Group. He then moved on to also work within shared services as Quality Director and as business unit team leader in Oticon. Since 2008, he has been overall responsible for all the Group’s hearing aid activities, consisting of three hearing aid brands, and been President of Oticon, and he has had a decisive say in the Group’s important strategic decisions and acquisitions. In 2015, he was appointed COO & Deputy CEO of William Demant Holding, and he has been a member of the Executive Board since September 2015. Soeren Nielsen holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management and Product Development from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is President of Oticon A/S, Board Member of Sennheiser Communications A/S and HIMSA II A/S and Chairman of HIMSA A/S.

Niels Jacobsen

Mr. Niels Jacobsen has been Deputy Chairman of the Board of William Demant Holding A/S since March 27, 2017. He no longer serves as Chief Executive Officer, President and Member of the Executive Board of the Company, effective as of April 1, 2017. He has been Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company since 1998. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Company from 1992 to 1998. He has Board assignments within a number of companies within the William Demant group and partly owned companies, including Chairman of the Boards of Jeudan A/S, Ossur hf., HIMPP A/S and Sennheiser Communications A/S. He is also CEO of William Demant Invest A/S. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board at Nissens A/S, and Deputy Chairman of the Board at A.P. Moeller - Maersk A/S and KIRKBI A/S. He also serves as Chairman of Thomas B. Thriges Fond (Thomas B. Thrige Foundation). He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from Aarhus Universitet from 1983.

Rene Schneider

Mr. Rene Schneider has been Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Board at William Demant Holding A/S since September 1, 2015. His areas of responsibility in William Demant Holding include HR, Finance, Operations, IT, Executive Support, Investor Relations and Legal Affairs. Rene Schneider joined from a position as CFO with Auriga Industries, which he has held since 2013. He has formerly also been employed with NNIT, Novo Nordisk and NeuroSearch. He holds Master of Science degree in Economics from Aarhus University.

Thomas Duer

Mr. Thomas Duer has been Member of the Board of Directors, Staff-elected at William Demant Holding A/S since 2015. He is also Member of the Board of Danske Sprogseminarer A/S since 2009. He has been Staff-elected Board Member at Oticon A/S since 2011 and Head of Integration & Verification in Oticon’s R&D department and has been with Oticon since 2002. He holds Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Peter Foss

Mr. Peter Foss has served as Member of the Board of Directors of William Demant Holding A/S since 2017. He has previously been Deputy Chairman of the Board since March 31, 2008. He has been Member of the Company's Board of Directors since March 29, 2007. He is Chairman of the Board of FOSS A/S and two affiliated companies, Deputy Chairman of the Board of The Oticon Foundation and William Demant Invest A/S and Board Member of TrackMan A/S and A.R. Holding af 1999 A/S. He has industrial management experience at global companies. He also has Board experience in multiple industries. He holds Master of Science degree in Engineering from Danmarks Tekniske Universitet and a graduate diploma in Business Administration (Finance).

Ole Lundsgaard

Mr. Ole Lundsgaard has served as Member of the Board of Directors, Staff-elected at William Demant Holding A/S since 2003. He is Senior Product Manager at Diagnostic Instruments where he is responsible for the hearing aid fitting systems area. He has been Staff-elected Director at Interacoustics A/S since 2003. He has been employed at Interacoustics A/S since 1993. He was trained as Electronics Mechanic at the University of Odense, Institute of Biology.

Joergen Moeller Nielsen

Mr. Joergen Moeller Nielsen has been appointed Member of the Board of Directors, Staff-elected at William Demant Holding A/S, effective as of February 1, 2017. He had been substitute Board Member since 2015. He previously held Board Member position from 2011 until 2015. He is Project Manager at the Group’s facility in Ballerup, Denmark, and has been with the Company since 2001. He holds Master of Science in Engineering (Electrical Engineering) from Danmarks Tekniske Universitet and also holds a diploma in Business Administration (Organization and Strategy).

Benedikte Leroy

Ms. Benedikte Leroy has been Independent Member of the Board of Directors of William Demant Holding A/S since April 9, 2014. She serves at Dell Technologies as SVP & EMEA General Counsel and at Dell GmbH, Germany as Chairman of the Supervisory board. She holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Copenhagen. She has international management experience from global technology companies within both consumer and business-to-business products and has worked abroad for many years in United Kingdom and Belgium.

Lars Rasmussen

Mr. Lars Rasmussen has been Independent Director at William Demant Holding A/S since April 7, 2016. He is President & CEO of Coloplast A/S and Chairman of H. Lundbeck A/S. He also serves as Chairman of the Committee on healthcare issues under the Confederation of Danish Industry. Lars Rasmussen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Aalborg University and an Executive MBA from SIMI. He has considerable executive management experience from global MedTech functions. Lars Rasmussen’s qualifications include management and board experience from listed companies, innovation, globalization, business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales models, and he has extensive experience with globalization and efficiency improvements.

Soeren Bergholt Andersson