Corporate - 20/06/2013

Michael Hauge Sørensen to leave ECCO

Michael Hauge Sørensen, ECCO’s COO, has decided to leave ECCO to return to Asia.

He was instrumental from 2002 to 2009 in building ECCO’s presence across Asia Pacific with base in Hong Kong, more or less from scratch.

In 2010, ECCO asked Michael Hauge Sørensen to return to ECCO’s Headquarter in Denmark to assume the role as Global Sales Director and member of ECCO’s Managing Board.

One year later, the appointment to COO followed.

Michael Hauge Sørensen has contributed much to ECCO’s record results the last two years.

ECCO regrets, but understands Michael Hauge Sørensen’s decision to return to Asia where he achieved outstanding results and which still fascinates him.

The next six months he will continue to assist ECCO as an advisor to the Supervisory Board. 
“Throughout almost two decades I have had the opportunity to work globally with thousands of passionate colleagues. ECCO is in great shape and has gone through an incredible development. I am proud to have been part of this and now feel it is time to seek new challenges in Asia, which I consider my second home.”

“I am very grateful for the many opportunities I have been given in ECCO. This is an outstanding company with great potential,” says Michael Hauge Sørensen.

From 1 July 2013, ECCO’s Managing Board consists of Dieter Kasprzak, Managing Director; Andreas Wortmann, Brand & Products; Panos Mytaros, Global Production; Michel Krol, Global Sales; and Steen Borgholm, Finance & Administration.

Further information: Steen Frentz Laursen, Group Communication - +45 2065 3420

Michael Hauge Sørensen and Karsten Borch, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board, will be available for comments today from noon to 2pm. 

About ECCO
ECCO, a world leading brand of shoes combining style and comfort, has built its success on quality and innovative technology.  Founded in 1963, ECCO is the only major shoe manufacturer in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process. Today, ECCO products are sold in 91 countries at 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations. The company is family-owned and is the workplace for 19,500 employees from over 50 countries. In 2012, revenue increased to DKK 8 billion with profits before tax of DKK 1.1 billion.