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01 August 2011

Article from Børsen

PORTRAIT: CEO of the known marine design and consulting firm in Elsinore, KNUD E. HANSEN, Finn Wollesen, who turns 50 today is a man with salt water in the blood. This has been from the outset of his career that started at sea as a sailor with the shipping company J. Lauritzen.

At the time the aim was to proceed to stay on the high seas and to become a mate. But it was nevertheless within the equally exciting and international marine design and consulting industry that he has spent his professional career. He has worked both as an employee and has operated his own design and consulting firm.

After sailing on J. Lauritzen Reefer vessels and Nella Dan – which sailed expedition voyages in Antarctica – Finn Wollesen was trained as a mechanical engineer at Aarhus Technical College, Denmark. The first step in his career was the HVAC equipment supplier Novenco, Denmark, where Finn Wollesen worked in the maritime department, on projects for the international maritime market.

If Finn Wollesen’s desire for travel had not been satisfied while at the Lauritzen shipping company, he got it largely covered by Novenco where he was stationed in several places including Spain, Singapore and Italy.

Right now, Finn Wollesen is again on the move in the big world – but this time on vacation, which is in California where he enjoys life with his wife Camilla Breum, who is a graphic designer in Copenhagen and their two daughters aged 19 and 16 years. Wanderlust is still in the blood, and much of the family vacations are allocated to exotic destinations such as California, Colombia, Australia, etc. Vacation will however hardly go to a little island group in Antarctica. Finn Wollesens father, who was a sailor and sailed many years with the shipping company J. Lauritzens polar ship, achieved the honour that the “Wollesen Islands” group was named after him.

Sports are also part of Finn Wollesen’s busy life including running, but not any watersports, although salt water certainly still runs through the veins of the old sailor.


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