Organisation and ownership

The COWI Group is organised into five business lines - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, COWI internationally and Arkitema Architects.

*COWI Denmark includes subsidiaries in Belgium, India, Poland, United Kingdom
** COWI's international business line is anchored in Denmark and includes subsidiaries or branch offices in Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.

Executive board

Lars-Peter Søbye
Lars-Peter Søbye

President & Group CEO

Rasmus Ødum
Rasmus Ødum

Executive Vice President, Group COO

natalie shaverdian riise-knudsen

Executive Vice President, Group CFO

Jens Højgaard Christoffersen

Executive Vice President, Group CBDO

Group Management Board

Michael Bindseil
Executive Vice President, Business Line International
Henrik Winther
Henrik Winther
Executive Vice President, Business Line Denmark
Marius Weydahl Berg
Marius Weydahl Berg
Executive Vice President, Business Line Norway
Anders Wiktorson
Executive Vice President, Business Line Sweden
Thomas kveiborg
Executive Vice President, Business Line Arkitema Architects

Board of directors

Jukka Pertola
Jukka Pertola


Henriette Hallberg Thygesen

Vice Chairman

Anne Harris
Birgit Farstad Larsen
Carsten Bjerg
Henrik Andersen
Jasper Kyndi

Elected by the employees

Kristin Sandberg

Elected by the employees

Niels Fog

Elected by the employees


The Group’s parent company, COWI Holding A/S, is an unlisted Danish public company owned by COWIfonden (the COWIfoundation) and present and former employees.

COWIfonden (the COWIfoundation)

COWIfonden is a commercial, independent foundation holding a majority of the shares in COWI Holding A/S.

The object of the Foundation is to create a stable basis for COWI Holding A/S and to support research and development relating to Danish engineering. COWIfonden supports the COWI Group in accomplishing its vision, securing competitiveness and good financial results.

According to the foundation instrument, the COWIfonden is to retain its controlling interest and to ensure that COWI keeps its financial independence through self-financing, employee-financing or by injection of external capital.

In connection with capital increases in COWI Holding A/S or mergers with other companies the Foundation may give up its position as holder of the majority of shares in the company, if necessary in order to retain and develop the commercial activities as a competitive business at an international level.

COWIfonden holds approximately 86 per cent of the share capital of COWI Holding A/S, including all A shares. (May 2021)

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Other shareholders of COWI Holding A/S

Approximately 14 per cent of the share capital of COWI Holding A/S is held by present and former employees of the COWI Group. (May 2021)

COWI wishes to offer shares to the Group’s employees every year in order to achieve a broadly based co-ownership among employees. At the moment the shares are being offered in eight countries.

The formation of COWI Holding A/S in 2010 made it possible for COWI A/S shareholders to convert their shares to new shares in COWI Holding A/S.

COWI Holding A/S

COWI Holding A/S is an unlisted Danish public limited liability company. The company was established in 2010 and has a share capital of DKK 286,593,700, with A shares amounting to DKK 200,000,000 and B shares amounting to DKK 86,593,700.

All A shares are held by COWIfonden and carry ten votes for each share amount of DKK 100. Each B share of DKK 100 carry one vote.