New CEO joins Nordic Logistics Association

New CEO joins Nordic Logistics AssociaTorsten Laksafoss Holbek joins NLA on the 1st of March as the new CEO in Brussels – the joint lobby organisation for land transport representing the Danish Transport and Logistics Association (DTL), Norwegian Road Transport Association (NLF), the Swedish Association for Road Transport Companies (SÅ) and the Finnish Transport and Logistics Association (SKAL), which is an associated member.

Torsten Laksafoss Holbek is 39 years old and has a background as Senior Advisor for the Confederation of Danish Employers’ Brussels office, where he has worked extensively with the Mobility Package. He has  more than ten years of experience in the political world of Brussels, most recently as an advisor within the field of transport and labour market policy.

The new CEO has worked as advisor and consultant in the field of EU law and legislation on behalf of Danish trade organisations and corporations. Furthermore, he has several years’ experience from the EU  Parliament, where he worked as Head of Office for the Danish Member of the European Parliament Morten Løkkegaard from the Renew Europe group.

Torsten Laksafoss Holbek’s base of operations will be the new NLA office in Brussels, inaugurated in October 2019, a mutual office with the large German and French road haulage associations, BGL and FNTR, with which NLA works in close corporation.

Chairman of NLA and CEO of DTL, Erik Østergaard, is very pleased with the recruitment of the new CEO and looks forward to the cooperation.

“I am glad that Torsten agreed to continue his already impressive Brussels career as head of NLA. I have no doubt that this means that the Nordic road hauliers once again will have a strong voice fighting for their interests at the European stage, and that issues such as social dumping, driving- and rest time, climate challenges and the future fuels and infrastructure will be in safe hands. As CEO of DTL and Chairman of NLA, I can just say that I look forward to speeding up the work in close cooperation with our many talented colleagues in the Nordics, Germany, and France.” Erik Østergaard says.

The new front man for the Nordic road hauliers in Brussels is also looking forward to get to work.

“I am looking forward to working for the road hauliers and the transport business in close dialogue with the legislators in Brussels. There are many interesting tasks ahead with the Commission’s focus on a green  transition, strengthening of infrastructure and not least the effort to ensure proper conditions for the drivers in Europe. All of which, I look forward to start working on with our business partners in Brussels.

Torsten Laksafoss Holbek replaces Søren Hyldstrup Larsen, who suddenly passed away in September 2019, at the age of 55.

NLA represents approximately 17,000 Nordic road hauliers in Brussels.