A.P. Moller – Maersk Group Chief Executive Officer Nils S. Andersen will take a one-month medical leave of absence after undergoing an emergency cardiac valve replacement while on vacation in Switzerland Dec. 30, the company said in a statement.
After feeling unwell while on his trip, Andersen was discovered to have a leak in one of his heart valves and underwent successful surgery. Maersk said doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
“I am very sorry that Nils S. Andersen is going through this course of illness, but I am pleased that he quickly received the right, skilled treatment which coupled with the fact that he is in good shape means that we can soon welcome him back,” A.P. Møller – Mærsk Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen said. “The executive board will continue to run the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, however, during Andersen’s absence the individual board members will be in close contact with me.”
January was already going to be a month of change for Maersk, as new Maersk Line Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou was due to take over for the departing Eivind Kolding this month.