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Martin Delfer DDC © Anne Ravnholt Juelsen

The Danish Design Center (DDC) has a new CEO, Martin Delfer, since 1 December 2023. His predecessor Christian Bason did not reapply for the position after nine years and left the Council at the end of October last year; in November, COO Sune Knudsen acted as interim CEO. Martin Delfer previously held the position of Commercial Director at the global design company Designit, where he was responsible for growth, business development and customer service in Europe. As Chairman of Design Denmark, during his long-standing membership of the Danish Business Advisory Committee and as a member of DI – Danish Industry’s International Market Committee, Delfer has focused on areas such as green transformation, competitiveness, scaling of business models, digitalisation, AI and the general framework conditions for Danish companies in parallel with his work at Designit since 2004. Martin Delfer also served on the board of the DDC for nine years until 2019.

Camilla Haustrup Hermansen, Chairman of the DDC, commented on the appointment: “Martin Delfer brings a high level of professionalism and knowledge as well as many years of top management experience in the design sector, both nationally and internationally. We are confident that Martin Delfer will further strengthen the DDC by demonstrating how design thinking adds value as a method for creating change and impact. In particular, he will ensure that small, medium and large companies and organisations can create sustainable growth and innovation through design and design solutions.” Martin Delfer himself explained: “Design is a unique national skill. Whether it is the design of products, services, organisations or systems, Denmark is at the absolute top of the world. Our society is steeped in design. We have a foundation of companies that grow and compete globally because design is integrated early on. And we have a growing number of public organisations that are developing more relevant, citizen-friendly solutions through design. As Denmark’s national design centre, the DDC has a central role to play – also in the future. I look forward to continuing the development of the DDC, focusing even more on Danish companies and using design as a force for competitiveness and change. With a solid foundation in the DDC’s professional design strengths, I look forward to working with the many skilled colleagues to create an even more sustainable society – socially, economically, but also for our climate and our environment.”

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