The Blue MBA Ambassador

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Thomas Damsgaard

The Blue MBA appoints Thomas Damsgaard as Ambassador to enhance links with North and Central America

Thomas Damsgaard, a global maritime and logistics executive based in Houston, Texas, has been formally named as an Ambassador for the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (the Blue MBA). This brings the number of Blue MBA Ambassadors to seven.

Mr Damsgaard has 27 years of maritime experience, during which he has set out consistently to deliver operational efficiencies and enviable financial results. He is vice president for Inchcape Shipping Services at Houston, heading the Americas section of the big global port agency company. He heads marine services teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

He joins an ambassadorial team which reinforces the standing of the Blue MBA throughout global regions and in relevant specialities. These Ambassadors raise awareness of the key role of the degree programme in developing the strategic capabilities of management in the maritime and associated industries. They serve as leaders and liaison contacts for past, present and potential future alumni of the programme.

Since 2001, the Copenhagen Business School-based Blue MBA, which has accreditations from top educational bodies, has graduated 243 students from more than 40 countries.

Irene Rosberg, programme director for the Blue MBA, said: “Thomas continues to have a remarkable career serving the shipping industry from his base in North America, and he will heighten our relationships with businesses throughout the region.

“He is a recognised speaker at industry events and has an extensive range of contacts at all levels of our sector. He is fully aware of the meaning of intelligent leadership, and has encouraged business opportunities and major developments that reaped excellent rewards for his companies.

“It was an honour for us to enjoy his participation in and contribution to the Blue MBA Class of 2017.”

Ms Rosberg added: ”Together with our other Ambassadors, Thomas will lend his valued energies to our ongoing pursuit of taking management education to the highest levels.”

At the 2017 graduation ceremony, Mr Damsgaard took to the platform to address the audience on behalf of his colleagues in the Class. He said that he and his fellow students had been on a phenomenal journey. “The personal growth over the last 24 months has made us stronger, smarter and more confident. The true measure of success now is how we apply our learning… not just in business but in our communities and in life as a whole.”

He declared: “We are the Class of 17 – the class that can and will change the industry!”

Earlier in his career, Mr Damsgaard was vice president of Spliethoff Americas, for which he established the Houston-based US head office, and a Cleveland branch office for a newly established Great Lakes breakbulk liner service.  He worked to make the company a preferred carrier in the North American breakbulk and project cargo market, growing market share year on year. Before that, he was president of Scan-Trans Inc at Houston from 2004 to 2011, leading the organisation from start-up to established market player. From 2007 to 2011 he was global operations director for Scan-Trans Group, managing a fleet of 35 owned, managed and time chartered vessels.

Before joining Scan-Trans, he was operations manager at Clipper Americas Inc, Houston, managing many joint ventures.

Among his many activities, he is on the advisory boards of Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, the Danish American Chamber of Commerce and Houston University Center for Logistics & Transportation Policy. He has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Global Village in the US, Cambodia, El Salvador and Sri Lanka.

The highly-regarded MBA part-time programme consists of eight modules mainly in Copenhagen, with one each in London and Hamburg. Participants, who hold senior rank in their companies or organisations, graduate after completing all modules and the final master thesis.

The Blue MBA Class of 2019 got down to work from September 2017.

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