Mr Andersen was Group Chief Executive of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S until 2016 and had previously been President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg A/S and Carlsberg Breweries A/S.
Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of BP, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nils Anderson to the BP Board. Nils brings broad experience from the energy, shipping and consumer goods industries. His depth of knowledge and insight from his long career will bring an added perspective to the work of the Board.”
Mr Nils S. Andersen, 58, was Group Chief Executive of A.P. Møller – Mærsk from 2007 to June 2016. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President of Carlsberg A/S and Carlsberg Breweries A/S from 1999-2001, becoming President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2007.
He is a Non-Executive Director at Unilever Plc and Unilever NV, where he serves on the Audit Committee. Mr Andersen is also Chairman of Dansk Supermarked Group A/S.
Previous roles include Non-Executive Director of Inditex S.A. and William Demant A/S. He has also served as Managing Director of Union Cervecera, Hannen Brauerei and Chief Executive Officer of the Drinks Division of the Hero Group.
Mr Andersen is a Danish citizen and received his graduate degree from the University of Aarhus.