On the recommendation of the board of directors of GEUS, the Minister of the Environment, Connie Hedegaard, has appointed Johnny Fredericia new managing director of GEUS as from 1 April 2007. Johnny Fredericia, 56 years old, succeeds Martin Ghisler who has been the managing director since 1998.
Since 1998 Johnny Fredericia has been a vice-director of GEUS, a position he took after eight years as state geologist and head of the Department of Quaternary and Marine Geology.
He received his education as geologist at the University of Copenhagen and later took a Ph.D. degree in hydrogeology at the Technical University of Denmark. Johnny Fredericia's many-sided career includes research co-operation and networking with trade and industry.
The new director has wide experience of managing research, staff and institution, and one of his coming duties will be to implement the new Geocenter Denmark - a formalised co-operation between GEUS, two institutions of the University of Copenhagen, viz. the Department of Geography and Geology and the Geological Museum, and the Geological Institute of the University of Aarhus.