Maersk veteran Henriette Hallberg Thygesen has been appointed chief executive of Denmark’s top defence company.

She will take over the top job at Terma on 19 August.

“With Henriette at the helm, Terma gains a strong leader accustomed to running a global business,” said chairman Carsten Dilling.

“Therefore, she is also the right person to lead the new strategy that Terma presented in connection with our annual report, where the plan is to double our revenue over the next three years.

“Terma is an important company for Denmark, and that is why we went through a very thorough process with a number of strong candidates to find the right person to lead Terma forward — and we found that person in Henriette.”

Thygesen said that as the country’s largest defence company, Terma has a responsibility to deliver solutions and create technology for Denmark and its international partners.

“To be able to meet that challenge, Terma is embarking on a transformative growth journey. I am very excited to be a part of that,” she added.

Thygesen left AP Moller-Maersk in February 2024 after 30 years. Her last role was chief customer delivery officer under new chief executive Vincent Clerc.

During her time with the group, she chaired Maersk Supply Service, and was CEO of towage operation Svitzer, director of strategic planning at Maersk Oil and research manager at Maersk Tankers, among other jobs.

Since her departure, she has been elected as a director of Danish facility management services company ISS.

She also sits on the boards of Vestas, the huge Danish wind turbine maker and vessel charterer, and Scandinavian airline SAS.

Last month, Terma reported that its revenue had grown by 17% year on year to DKK 2.6bn ($380m), while profit before tax increased by 33% to DKK 288m.

At the same time, it announced a new growth strategy that will include several acquisitions of “significant size” to double revenue in three years.