“Soren Sepstrup Lonkvist is a person with great added value for ANDRITZ in general, as well as for all the team members involved in our collaboration.
Thanks to his broad knowledge of the different organizations in our company, centralized for certain aspects, and perfectly delocalized for others, Soren quickly helped us to put in place a long-term strategy (5 years vision) with the top Management of ANDRITZ Pumps, while at the same time, working details with the people involved in the project.
Soren has constantly put the clients/partners and their expectations at the center of our concerns, so that they remain the main focus of our strategy.
Soren has this extraordinary ability to adapt to different people from our organization, regardless of the cultures and languages of each. It is able to convey an accurate message in a relevant and always very motivating way.
It is with unparalleled pleasure and efficiency that we work with Soren and his team, especially when analyzing potential candidates for key positions in our global organization.
I personally recommend to any Manager to have the opportunity to develop, jointly with Soren, the definition of its strategy (human and industrial), including the strict and continuous implementation of it. According my experience, this jointly developed strategy can only be successful in short and long term.”
Christian Dubois, Senior Vice President, ANDRITZ AG
“In my role as VP for Central and Eastern Europe, Soren Lonkvist helped us in creating sustainable growth and a high performance company through his Performance Acceleration Program. Where Soren implemented his program we achieved significant performance increase in a short period of time”.
Jan Peutzfeldt, Ferring Pharmaceutical
“Acceptance worked for me as consultants to develop the leadership excellence of my Management Team when I took over Andritz Metals which was at that time in a phase which required a very tough and serious restructuring process due to lack of new orders and a huge loss.
I appreciate their dedicated and straight forward way of guiding us as a Management Team to improve our leadership excellence considering the 4E leadership principles (energy, energize, edge, execute). We developed a systematic way all way down from vision, strategy, MWB (must win battles) and concrete action items always focusing on the main things in order to be successful in such a change process.
Acceptance has a clear and systematic way of working. They have based on their broad experience a very good understanding of people’s behavior/competences and is fast in his deliveries.
Thanks for your Support! Heinz”
Heinz Autischer, Group Senior Vice President – Global Head of ANDRITZ METALS at Andritz AG (AZ2)
a delayed compliment for the excellent coaching Acceptance has provided both at individual as well as team level. You come highly recommended!”
Peder Winther, President at Kuehne+Nagel Middle East and Africa Region
“Acceptance worked as leadership consultants and coaches for me when I was President of Andritz Feed & Biofuel. Their insigths were invaluable to help me find and forge a management team which grew the business 6 years in a row in a very competitive global environment. I definitely recommend you to use Acceptance.”
Jari Algars, CFO at Outotec
“Success of any organizational change starts and ends with people, and without winning people and changing their attitudes, nothing can be accomplished. Acceptance’s relentless focus on the change management and ability to employ a wide range of methodologies as the circumstances required, played a critical role in helping us to win the staff over, greatly contributing to the overall project progress.”
Lada Bukharina, Project Director Shipping Industry, Stanford, US
“Developing strong leadership is a cornerstone of successful business, and working with Acceptance is like a ‘Damascene Conversion’.…. at that moment when the ‘light goes on’, skepticism evaporates, giving way to clearer perspectives; personal insights; and pragmatic review, with achievable goals & objectives. In true Kotter style – showing truths that influence thinking and results!”
John Adams, Vice President Teekay Shipping, Glasgow
“I have worked with Soren S. Lonkvist when I was CEO in Maersk Oil & Gas. Soren helped us achieving significant results by increasing the leadership skills of our top executives and 500 Managers. I can give them my best recommendations, as they work with great enthusiasm and commitment, focusing on our company´s result in everything they do”.
Thomas Thune Andersen, Former CEO Maersk Oil, now Chairman at Lloyds Register and DONG Energy
“Soren, It was a pleasure working with Acceptance and thank you for pushing through some major decisions for the HSEQ Group. You were very easy to approach and connected with me regularly throughout the transition to under the situation, offer sound advice and ensure that decisions about key issues in my department that were causing roadblocks were promptly cleared. Soren, Acceptance was a great help in assisting me to manage the transition for my group. Thank you very much for your support and guidance!”
Pradeep Kale, VP HSEQ Shipping, Singapore
“Soren is such an accomplished professional to work with. He has an uncanny ability to balance the business needs of a project outcome with maximizing the potential of our key players. He demonstrates outstanding leadership coaching, essential support and trust to our Leadership Team. Soren has an outstanding ability to make everyone think about the value they could bring to the project. Soren is clearly rich in experience. A genuine master in his abilities. I am very fortunate to have worked with Soren.”
Lesley Thomson, Management & HR Manager, West Europe
“Energy, Energize, Edge and Execution…. Acceptance communicated very strongly to our organization, when coaching towards cost Leadership. They have been instrumental in bringing the leadership team in position to manage our complex reorganization project. While keeping an unbiased focus on change management and the impact on people and organizations he has displayed his unmatched knowledge within this area.”
Flemming Groennegaard, Vice President, Shipping Copenhagen
“We have worked with Acceptance for years. And can only give them our highest recommendations. Through times of change and building a true winner culture, they have a deep insight and significant tools that make individuals and teams change quickly and pragmatically to increase performance and business results! They understands how to adapt in different business units and with different personalities to make sure that the organization buys into organizational change and strategy. By focusing on all elements of the business, they make a difference in accelerating the strategy and growth.”
Pernille Sonne, Head of The Danish Gambling Company (Danske Spil A/S) HR, Strategy & Legal
“During the last 1½ years I have been fortunate enough to have had Soren as part of both my professional and not the least my personal network. After meeting Soren – actually by coincidence through a mutual friend in Basel – he offered me a meeting to discuss the future. Something I later learned, that in the language of Soren, this meant, that he wanted to guide and mentor me both professionally and personally. During the time I have known Soren he has therefore been a mentor, an advisor, a “guidance counselor” and none the least a friend. Soren has been a sparring partner for me in a period of my professional life, where the shift from specialist to leader resulted in some professional hardship. Soren’s ability to pose the right questions has made that journey a lot easier. But Soren has not only “interfered” professionally. His ability within professional sparring and mentoring also transfer into the personal sphere; where Soren’s advice has helped me in getting one or two things straight in my mind.”
Christoffer Kronborg Hagen, M. Sc., HR Manager, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Freight