Saxo Bank Appoints Brit Kannegaard Johannessen to Lead Human Resources

Saxo Bank has appointed Brit Kannegaard Johannessen as the new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), reporting directly to Kim Fournais, CEO and founder.

Starting in the role in Spring 2022, Ms. Johannessen will become a member of the bank’s Executive Team, joining Saxo Bank with an extensive track-record and more than 15 years of senior HR leadership experience within technology.

Brit Kannegaard Johannessen will join Saxo Bank from NNIT, a large international IT company listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen Exchange, where she was Senior Vice President of People, Communication, Marketing & Quality.

Prior to that, she worked as HR Lead and Nordic Recruiting Director for Accenture Denmark, as well as at Nuance Group, SAS, and the Confederation of Danish Industries.

Brit Kannegaard Johannessen, the incoming Chief Human Resources Officer at Saxo Bank, commented: “I am humbled and proud to take on this role and look forward to joining Saxo Bank and becoming part of an international organisation with a vibrant and purpose-driven culture. It is a truly interesting time, as Saxo Bank serves more clients than ever before, with ambitious plans further scale and enable even more people to fulfil their financial aspirations and make an impact.

“Bright minds and dedicated people are foundational to success, and I look forward to getting to know the organisation better and contributing to Saxo’s future growth.”

Kim Fournais, Chief Executive Officer and founder at Saxo Bank: “We are delighted to soon welcome Brit to Saxo Bank. She brings an impressive track-record within leadership and people and organisational development. Our more than 2,500 talented and devoted Saxonians are our most important asset, and they work passionately on giving our growing client base the best platforms, products, and services. As Saxo’s new CHRO, Brit and her team are crucial in ensuring that we constantly grow and develop skills and knowledge, while collaborating even better together across teams to give our more than 800,000 clients the best experience.”

Brit Kannegaard Johannesen will succeed Stig Christensen, who was appointed to Chief Sales Officer for Saxo Bank in 2020. At the moment, Christensen is working as both chief sales officer and chief human resources officer.

Saxo has most recently enhanced its Crypto FX offering with nine leveraged pairs and more than 50 exchange-traded products, including the first US Crypto ETF, issued by Proshares.

The announcement comes as the online trading and investment specialist reported that its crypto products have exceeded 2.5 billion USD (16 billion DKK) in turnover for the year.