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Nikolaj Malchow-Møller is CBS' new president. (Photo: SDU)

Nikolaj Malchow-Møller has been appointed CBS’ new president. He is a professor of economics, and is currently serving as Dean at the University of Southern Denmark. He will assume the role on March 1, 2019.

News |   21. Nov 2018

Anne Thora Lykkegaard


CBS’ Board of Directors has appointed Nikolaj Malchow-Møller as CBS’ new president.

Nikolaj Malchow-Møller is a professor of economics and is currently the Dean at the University of Southern Denmark. But on March 1, 2019, he will take up the position as President of CBS.

The Board has placed special emphasis on Nikolaj Malchow-Møller’s experience in university management, initially as head of department from 2009 to 2014 and Dean from 2014, as well as his insight into academia.

“The Board is pleased to welcome Nikolaj Malchow-Møller to CBS. With Nikolaj’s personal and professional competences, the Board is convinced that his collaboration with the Board, CBS’ employees and students will have great impact on the ongoing development of CBS,” says Karsten Dybvad, Chairman of the CBS Board of Directors, in a press release at

Per Holten-Andersen, who says goodbye to CBS a year earlier than planned, will remain CBS’ president until February 28, 2019.

Nikolaj Malchow-Møller (who is 45 years old) recognizes CBS’ strong brand, which he hopes will be maintained to enhance the value of CBS.

“Throughout the past 25 years, CBS has established an incredibly strong brand with an array of very strong, diverse and international research environments, the most popular academic programs in Denmark, and researchers who play a leading role in the public debate. We are going to hold on to that; however, it is my hope that we can take advantage of this unique opportunity to stress and enhance the value of CBS to the Danish society,” he says in the press release.

Nikolaj Malchow-Møller sees it as CBS’ duty to pioneer the development of business education, as the labor market is rapidly changing.

“No one should doubt the impact of CBS’ research on the development of the Danish business community and society at large. And our students – Danish as well as international – must ensure corporate growth and innovation after graduation but also during their studies. Today, and 20 years from now,” says Nikolaj Malchow-Møller and continues:

“The labor market is rapidly changing and will make increasing demands on our graduates. At the same time, there is a growing international tendency towards change in the education landscape. As Denmark’s – and one of Europe’s – largest and most recognized business schools, we have a duty as well as the capability to pioneer the development of future Danish business education.”

When Nikolaj Malchow-Møller becomes president, he already knows what his first task will be.

“Initially, I am looking forward to getting to know the education and research environments at CBS even better. My first priority is to get to know the place and meet the students and my many new colleagues,” he says.


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