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Peter Kirkegaard

Chief Human Resources Officer

Peter Kirkegaard is Chief Human Resources Officer of Topsoe. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global people strategy, including talent acquisition, employee development, culture and engagement.  

Since joining Topsoe in 2021, Peter has been ensuring that Topsoe delivers on its ambitions to secure an engaged, collaborative and well-performing global organization with a diverse and inclusive work environment. Creating an inspiring workplace with focus on people’s development supports Topsoe ‘s ability to deliver on its ambitions as a leader in the energy transition.  

Peter is a member of the Board of Science City Lyngby and member of the Confederation of Danish Industries’ Global Talent Advisory Board. Peter also serves as a member of the reference group of the interdisciplinary research Center, Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership, at Aarhus University.   

Prior to Topsoe, Peter served at coatings manufacturer Hempel as Executive Vice President, Chief People and Culture Officer. Before that, he was a Partner at Accenture leading their Human Performance and Finance & Performance Management service lines. 

Peter earned an M.A. in political and social science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Reading, U.K., and completed executive courses in leadership and board training from IMD and Copenhagen Business School.