Maersk leader leaves behind global conglomerate
By Joanne Liou, editorial coordinator
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, a businessman and philanthropist whose business spanned multiple continents and industries, from Europe to North America, from the airline industry to oil and gas, died 16 April in Copenhagen at the age of 98. Mr Mc-Kinney Møller began to cultivate the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group into the multinational conglomerate that it is today in the 1930s, when he began to work for his father, A.P. Møller.
Mr Mc-Kinney Møller became co-owner of Firmaet A.P. Møller, the managing owner/legal representative of the Mærsk Group in 1940. After his father died in 1965, Mr Mc-Kinney Møller inherited the leadership role as director and chairman of the major companies in the Maersk Group.
As Mr Mc-Kinney Møller transformed his family’s shipping company, Maersk Line, into the world’s largest ocean carrier, his business endeavors expanded beyond shipping. In 1969, Maersk Air offered flights in Denmark and extended its operations to international, charter and cargo services until it was sold in 2005. In 1970, to support IT projects and operation within the Maersk Group, Mærsk Data was established and was sold to IBM in 2004. Knowledge and experience from exploration activities in Maersk Oil led to the establishment of Maersk Drilling in 1972.
Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling sponsored the first IADC Well Control Conference in Esbjerg, Denmark, 1990, and the drilling division is actively involved in several IADC committees. Maersk was one of the first non-US offshore contractor members of IADC and was influential in the globalization of IADC in the 1990s and continues to play a positive role, Jens Hoffmark, IADC vice president – European operations, said. Mr Hoffmark retired from Maersk Drilling in 2009, after 42 years with the company. His most recent assignment was vice president – business development.
“(Mr McKinney-Møller) was a remarkable man, whose primary core value of his employees was uprightness – a very hard concept to measure in our digital era but an attribute readily recognized in Maersk employees and executives,” Mr Hoffmark said.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Maersk Drilling. The company is increasingly focused on the ultra deepwater market. “We are working to double our fleet and hire 3,000 new employees by 2016. I’m proud to be part of this adventure – it started 40 years ago, yet one feels that we have only just begun,” Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said.
Mr Mc-Kinney Møller’s wife of 65 years, Emma, died in 2005. He is survived by three daughters, Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Leise Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller and Kirsten Mc-Kinney Møller Olufsen.
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Well completion system suitable for 12,500 differential environments
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The plant allows for high volume production without the need to own and operate multiple stationary plants and obtain building permits.