Solid growth continuously increases demands on the management at one of the giants within Europe's robotics industry. Blue Ocean Robotics is therefore boosting its management and is adding two expert profiles. The company’s new CEO, Janus Doré Pagh, has a solid background within industry and service. The former front person at the robotics company, Claus Risager, will fill a much-coveted role as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). As the new CFO, the company welcomes: Carsten Gram Andersen.
During the pandemic, the world had its eyes opened to the benefits offered by service robots. Automated disinfection, mobile telepresence, effective rehabilitation and a healthy working environment are now relevant as ever before. The development is also reflected in the increased demand for Blue Ocean Robotics’ three types of service robots: UVD Robots, GoBe Robots and PTR Robots. Growth is now requiring a stronger management of the robotics company.
Claus Risager has taken the initiative to step out of the corner office. Janus Doré Pagh steps in as the new CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. The company will also have a new CFO: Carsten Gram Andersen. The new management of Blue Ocean Robotics is then composed of the two founders, John Erland Østergaard (CTO) and Claus Risager (CSO), and the new CEO, Janus Doré Pagh.
"I’m excited that we found the perfect candidate to manage and further develop one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of service robots in the direction that we already initiated using an ambitious development and growth strategy", says Jens Aaløse, chairman of the board of directors of Blue Ocean Robotics.
Janus Doré Pagh will use his intensive commercial background within management positions, i.a. at Cobham SATCOM, Berendsen Group and Icopal Group, to ensure that the company will be equipped for the future, especially within its commercial activities.
"I’m looking forward to contributing to enabling Blue Ocean Robotics to continue its growth. In a world that is facing growing shortage of labour and an increasing number of senior citizens, it’s essential to incorporate new technologies and robotics to manage challenges, for example in the health sector. Service robots are a key part of the solution when quality and productivity must be improved at the same time. Service for patients and the working environment for healthcare workers will also reach a higher level", points out Janus Doré Pagh, new CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics.
The change will become effective on 1 March when the former CEO of the company is looking forward to filling his new role as the CSO. In the newly created position, he will especially focus on long-term, strategic options. Claus Risager will stay on the board of directors and in the management.
"As a company, Blue Ocean Robotics has now obtained a size that I haven't managed before. New areas form part of developing a company towards a turnover worth billions, and I therefore wanted to have a new CEO appointed with experience from a similar journey so that we can build our company based on that experience. That is the rationale behind my decision to switch roles, and the board of directors as well as the investors also see that it makes sense", says Claus Risager.
Being passionate about robotics, Claus Risager has played a key role in the development of the Danish robotics industry since the late 80s. He helped develop the Danish robotics cluster that has since given rise to an industry with more than 300 robotics and automation companies. Since 2013, he has headed Blue Ocean Robotics that currently employs 225 employees.
Blue Ocean Robotics’ newly-appointed CFO, Carsten Gram Andersen, will also join the company on 1 March as the manager of the company's finance department and IT department and will add more than 25 years of experience from his background including management positions at i.a. Glycom, Lundbeck and A.P. Møller - Mærsk.
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