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Lars Kolind

LARS KOLIND was CEO of Oticon and the driving force behind the innovation and knowledge-based turnaround that led to Oticon’s leadership in the world market for hearing aids. Named Denmark’s Man of The Year 1996, his work at Oticon is a classic management case study presented at many leading business schools worldwide.


He currently serves as non-executive board member or chairman of several corporations, including world-leading pump manufacturer Grundfos, Unimerco Group, Scancom International, Zealand Pharma, Kristeligt Dagblad, and BankInvest Ventures.


Kolind is active in venture investment, and writes, speaks, and advises widely on strategy, knowledge, innovation, and corporate turnarounds. He has co-founded and chaired three national initiatives to help prepare Denmark for the knowledge society, including The National Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility, The Copenhagen Center, and The Danish Competency Council, which in 1999 published Denmark’s first national accounts on human capital.


A mathematician and leader, he is a principal of the Q Thought Leader Network, and serves international Scouting as deputy chairman of the board of The World Scout Foundation. He is also adjunct professor of leadership at the Aarhus School of Business.


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