Lise Kingo

Lise Kingo

Date of birth: August 3, 1961
Nationality: Danish
First elected: April 2020
Term expires: General Meeting 2024
Business address: 54, rue la Boétie – 75008 Paris (France)

Independent director / Member of the Appointments, Governance and CSR Committee 

Education and business experience

Lise Kingo was CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, a position she has held, from 2015 to June 2020. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative uniting business to create a better world through universal principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Lise Kingo began her career in 1986 in business-to-business advertising at JP Bureau in Copenhagen and joined Novo Industries (now Novo Nordisk after the merger with Nordisk Gentofte) in 1988, where she remained for 26 years. She served as Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team since 2002, where she was instrumental in defining Novo Nordisk's sustainable business strategy. Prior to 2002, she held various positions in Novozymes, Novo Holding and Novo Nordisk, including internal audit, compliance, people & organization, branding and sustainability.

A native of Denmark, Lise Kingo holds a bachelor's degree in Religions and Ancient Greek Art from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Economics from the Copenhagen Business School and a master's degree in Responsibility & Business from the University of Bath in the UK. Lise Kingo is also certified as a director by INSEAD in France. Throughout her career, she has held positions in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States.

Directorships and appointments outside the Sanofi Group

Directorships as of 12/31/2021

  • Independent Director of Covestro AG* (Germany)
  • Independent Director of Aker Horizons ASA* (Norway)

(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.