Investors and Strategic Advisory Board

Tommy Thomsen

CEO, Lauritzen Fonden

Tommy Thomsen

CEO, Lauritzen Fonden

Tommy Thomsen has held various top-level managerial positions in A. P. Moller Maersk, Clipper Group and Nordic Tankers before he joined the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) as CEO in 2013. In 2019, Mr. Thomsen took over as CEO of Lauritzen Fonden. Mr. Thomsen serves as Chairman of the Board for the Danish Maritime Fund, Chairman of J. Lauritzen, Chairman of C.W. Obel A/S, Chairman of NanoNord A/S and is a member of the Board for PSA International and Chemical Transportation Group, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority.

Jesper Kjaedegaard

Partner, Mercator International

Jesper Kjaedegaard

Partner, Mercator International

Jesper Kjaedegaard has 40+ years of experience in container shipping, port planning, and international logistics. Mr. Kjaedegaard served as Senior Vice President and member of Maersk Line’s Executive Board, serving as Head of Maersk Line. Today, Mr. Kjaedegaard is an advisor to several companies and investment funds with an interest in the maritime space. He holds a number of Board positions and is also the past President of the British Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of Maritime UK.

Tom Behrens-Sørensen

Founder & CEO, Behrens-Sorensen Advisory P/S

Tom Behrens-Sørensen

Founder & CEO, Behrens-Sorensen Advisory P/S

Tom Behrens-Sørensen is a professional board member, senior advisor, and venture capital investor. Mr. Behrens-Sørensen has 30 years of experience from the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group where he acted as Group Executive Vice President and Chairman of Maersk China. Having been associated with China since 1981, he is a sought-after China advisor with extensive relationships with both Government and the Private Sector. During the past decade, Mr. Behrens-Sørensen has served as Non-Executive Director on the board of numerous maritime companies including China Merchants Group, NOL, RSGT, and RAK Ports as also participated as investor and advisory board member in select maritime start-up companies.

Michael Hassing

Former CEO, Ports America

Michael Hassing

Former CEO, Ports America

Michael Hassing is an experienced transportation and logistics executive. Mr. Hassing served as the CEO of Ports America 8 years. Prior to that Mr. Hassing served as CEO of Scandlines and as CEO of Samskip, where he was responsible for developing the container shipping and international forwarding business. Further, Mr. Hassing has served as senior executive in Maersk Group and has held several board and director roles for companies such as Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation and Stena AB. Today he works with a selective group of Private Equity firms within infrastructure projects.

Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen

CEO, TrackMan

Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen

CEO, TrackMan

Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen is CEO of the sports data company TrackMan that he co-founded with his brother Morten Eldrup-Jørgensen. The two brother’s started Trackman back in 2003. Since then, the company has shown tremendous growth and its technology is being applied in major sports leagues all over the world, primarily within Golf and Baseball. The technology is based on Doppler radar, that was originally used in military applications to track projectiles and missiles. Prior to founding TrackMan, Mr. Eldrup-Jørgensen held executive positions within Novo Nordisk, Dako, and Nordic Bioscience.

Operational Advisory Board

Jesper Westfall

CCO, Acies

Jesper Westfall

CCO, Acies

Jesper Westfall is a seasoned global executive with experience across all organizational levels. Mr. Westfall currently serves as CCO of Acies, a Danish company providing integrated enterprise solutions for sales and production management purposes. Prior to Acies, Mr. Westfall spent 14 years at Microsoft where his early years were focused on enterprise sales, business development, and alliances within the EMEA-region, and thereafter undertook the role as Managing Director of Microsoft’s Global Enterprise Alliances.

Steen Knudsen

Former Head of Port Optimization, Maersk

Steen Knudsen

Former Head of Port Optimization, Maersk

Steen Knudsen is an experienced leader with +20 years of experience in international transportation and supply chain management. Mr. Knudsen has spent over 14 years overseas in Asia, Europe, and Africa during his time at the Maersk Group. Among various director-level positions, Mr. Knudsen served as head of operations in Port of Tanjung Pelepas, and acted as Head of  Port Optimization and Terminal Partnering at Maersk Line. Today, he is the managing owner of imProveo Consulting Solutions where he supports maritime and transportation startups.

Per Groth Ludvigsen

Former Bid Manager, IBM

Per Groth Ludvigsen

Former Bid Manager, IBM

Per Groth Ludvigsen is an accomplished IT business leader with +25 years of experience within Vendor Management, Procurement, and Contract Management, to Bid Management and Solution Design. Today, Mr. Ludvigsen is helping major enterprise companies managing suppliers of complex IT deliveries. Mr. Ludvigsen has also held several IT-related management positions within large multinationals such as Maersk Data, HP and IBM where he has focused on various enterprise software solutions.

In the words of our Advisory Board

"The ability to optimize terminal and carrier assets and resources through AI is something the industry has been demanding for years."

Jesper Kjaedegaard

Partner, Mercator International Investor and Strategic Advisor

"Portchain is uniquely placed with a compelling value proposition to address structural challenges facing the container liner and terminal industries."

Tom Behrens-Sørensen

Founder & CEO, Behrens-Sorensen Advisory P/S Investor and Strategic Advisor

"Portchain has developed an impressive technical solution using AI and ML to optimize terminal berth planning and container liner scheduling. I am excited about the opportunity this tool provides."

Michael Hassing

Former CEO, Ports America Investor and Strategic Advisor

"We decided to be the lead investor in Portchain because of its very strong and professional team, and a strong belief in the business idea."

Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen

CEO, TrackMan Investor and Strategic Advisor

"The opportunity to deliver scalable business value through a highly focused industry solution like Portchain excites me. I love being part of this team."

Jesper Westfall

CCO, Acies Operational Advisor

"It is refreshing to see how Portchain is using AI and machine learning to support the industry in making the best real-time decisions."

Steen Knudsen

Former Head of Port Optimization, Maersk Operational Advisor

Meet the team behind Portchain

The team is a diverse group of employees with backgrounds ranging from data science, software engineering, shipping, and management consulting.