Chairman, Danish Business Angels
Jesper Jarlbæk is a business angel investor and professional board member of a number of growth businesses. Jesper is currently vice-chairman of DVCA (Danish Venture Capital Association). Jesper is Chairman of BA Copenhagen, Denmark’s largest and most successful Business Angel network. Jesper is a member of VL7. In 2009, Jesper was awarded “Business Angel of the Year” by DVCA.
Jesper Jarlbæk is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Bang & Olufsen A/S, an NASDAQ OMX listed company. Jesper has previously served on the Board of 3 other NASDAQ OMX listed companies in Denmark and one US listed company. Jesper is Chairman of CataCap, a Danish PE fund as well as member of the Board of Polaris Invest III fund, the second largest Danish PE fund.
Between 1975 and 2002, Jesper Jarlbæk was employed with Arthur Andersen, ultimately holding dual positions as Managing Partner, Denmark and Nordic Managing Partner – Assurance and Business Advisory. From 2002 to 2006, Jesper was Managing Partner – Advisory services at Deloitte and as such, one of the four members of the senior management team. In both these executive positions, Jesper had bottom line responsibility for 1000+ highly qualified professionals. Jesper consistently delivered growth and profitability well above the market and the closest competitors. In some years, organic growth exceeded 25% p.a. One of the key challenges was building and maintaining a strong performance and corporate culture amongst highly motivated professionals. This task required building team spirit across personal skill sets, competencies, nationalities and experience levels.