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<br /> The Courage<br /> of Conviction<br /> Nils Foss, industrialist<br /> and founder of FOSS<br /> <br /> The Courage<br /> of Conviction<br /> Nils Foss, industrialist and founder of FOSS<br /> Jeppe Andrup and Astrid Skotte<br /> The courage of conviction<br /> Nils Foss, industrialist and founder of Foss<br /> By Jeppe Andrup and Astrid Skotte<br /> © Børsens Forlag, 2006<br /> A company of Bonnier Forlagene A/S<br /> Børsens Forlag<br /> Pilestræde 52<br /> P.O. Box 114<br /> DK-1004 Copenhagen K<br /> Tel.: 33 43 30 00<br /> Fax: 33 43 30 10<br /> www.borsensforlag.dk<br /> Cover: Jørgen Sparre, Knebel<br /> Typeset by: Jørgen Sparre, Knebel<br /> Printed by: Nørhaven<br /> Translated by: Kirsten Lytsen and Susan M. Ryan<br /> 1st edition, 1st impression, 2006<br /> ISBN-10: 87-7664-165-1<br /> ISBN-13: 978-87-7664-165-8<br /> Contents<br /> Prologue by Uffe Ellemann-Jensen 7<br /> Foreword from the authors 13<br /> The Legacy<br /> 1. <a title="FossCourage page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=1"> The Courage of Conviction Nils Foss, industrial</a> <a title="FossCourage page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=2"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=3"> The Courage of Conviction Nils Foss, industrial</a> <a title="FossCourage page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=4"> The courage of conviction Nils Foss, industrialis</a> <a title="FossCourage page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=5"> Contents Prologue by Uffe Ellemann-Jensen </a> <a title="FossCourage page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=6"> 8. The firefighter of the business world 117 </a> <a title="FossCourage page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=7"> Prologue ‘Be there, be yourself and tell t</a> <a title="FossCourage page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=8"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=9"> both in the business world and in the broader ter</a> <a title="FossCourage page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=10"> conscious of his privileged position. He has enjo</a> <a title="FossCourage page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=11"> an temperament, his deep roots in middle-class va</a> <a title="FossCourage page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=12"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=13"> Foreword from the authors At a time when </a> <a title="FossCourage page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=14"> of the Foss family. After earning his engineering</a> <a title="FossCourage page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=15"> developed measuring instruments that enhance prod</a> <a title="FossCourage page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=16"> Nils Foss as a child, ca. 1936.</a> <a title="FossCourage page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=17"> The Legacy</a> <a title="FossCourage page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=18"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=19"> A compelling legacy to uphold 1. R</a> <a title="FossCourage page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=20"> engendered in the major industrialised countries.</a> <a title="FossCourage page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=21"> workers in the future need not be city dwellers, </a> <a title="FossCourage page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=22"> Laurids Foss later became the mayor, first of</a> <a title="FossCourage page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=23"> pealed to Alexander Foss and, after graduating, h</a> <a title="FossCourage page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=24"> The FLS founders in 1893 – six years after the co</a> <a title="FossCourage page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=25"> ship called F.L. Smidth & Co. Their contemporarie</a> <a title="FossCourage page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=26"> cement companies. At one point, the company reign</a> <a title="FossCourage page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=27"> Painting of Alexander Foss with his wife and chil</a> <a title="FossCourage page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=28"> more valuable to the self than hundreds of though</a> <a title="FossCourage page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=29"> The area around Salten Langsø, a lake in the high</a> <a title="FossCourage page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=30"> of Skeldal, which a Smidth had, after all, discov</a> <a title="FossCourage page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=31"> A politically minded entrepreneur Frederik Læssø</a> <a title="FossCourage page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=32"> export conditions. As a result, minister for the </a> <a title="FossCourage page 33" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=33"> with running the company while Foss was preoccupi</a> <a title="FossCourage page 34" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=34"> not sign doctored accounts and retain his integri</a> <a title="FossCourage page 35" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=35"> The marriage in 1922 between Nils’ parents, Erlin</a> <a title="FossCourage page 36" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=36"> members. All in all, his childhood was characteri</a> <a title="FossCourage page 37" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=37"> youngest, sat beside mother. She was always serve</a> <a title="FossCourage page 38" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=38"> ther. My father, in contrast to my mother, was mu</a> <a title="FossCourage page 39" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=39"> Occupation 2. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 40" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=40"> pathies. For her, the world turned black and whit</a> <a title="FossCourage page 41" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=41"> Erling Foss loved hunting, a sport he pursued for</a> <a title="FossCourage page 42" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=42"> and reliable information about Danish conditions </a> <a title="FossCourage page 43" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=43"> acter. In the big picture, the self-esteem of fut</a> <a title="FossCourage page 44" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=44"> Erling Foss revealing the secret compartment in t</a> <a title="FossCourage page 45" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=45"> against intensifying Danish sabotage activity. Si</a> <a title="FossCourage page 46" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=46"> ‘We stayed there for two weeks, and I’ve n</a> <a title="FossCourage page 47" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=47"> A young man in exile 3. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 48" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=48"> father and mother? When will they join us? Will t</a> <a title="FossCourage page 49" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=49"> went to the cinema and revelled in the bright lig</a> <a title="FossCourage page 50" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=50"> I’m not leaving either.” So she got her way, and </a> <a title="FossCourage page 51" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=51"> Resistance work in Sweden, decoding telegrams fro</a> <a title="FossCourage page 52" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=52"> Nils Foss met Steen Langebæk during his exile in </a> <a title="FossCourage page 53" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=53"> game of tennis or cards, but on the other hand, w</a> <a title="FossCourage page 54" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=54"> On his return from Sweden, Nils Foss continued hi</a> <a title="FossCourage page 55" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=55"> ance and belief that: ‘I can deal with this. I’ve</a> <a title="FossCourage page 56" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=56"> However, learning to put one life behind him a</a> <a title="FossCourage page 57" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=57"> A high calling – Nils Foss up in Notre-Dame Cathe</a> <a title="FossCourage page 58" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=58"> pital des Fous. Right opposite the two grim build</a> <a title="FossCourage page 59" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=59"> schedules, organisational and political matters, </a> <a title="FossCourage page 60" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=60"> investment I ever made, because I soon succeeded </a> <a title="FossCourage page 61" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=61"> Family life 4.</a> <a title="FossCourage page 62" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=62"> chairman of the Polyteknisk Forening. He no longe</a> <a title="FossCourage page 63" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=63"> turned off the whole machine. Laughter rippled ar</a> <a title="FossCourage page 64" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=64"> Absent father Nils Foss was not a particularly i</a> <a title="FossCourage page 65" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=65"> Nils and Karen Foss with their children Pernille,</a> <a title="FossCourage page 66" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=66"> various fragile items would get broken. The best </a> <a title="FossCourage page 67" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=67"> Business affairs, the FOSS enterprise and poli</a> <a title="FossCourage page 68" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=68"> Dorte Sachs, a social acquaintance, and the marri</a> <a title="FossCourage page 69" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=69"> At the age of about 45, Nils Foss fell in love wi</a> <a title="FossCourage page 70" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=70"> having time for some of his other interests – not</a> <a title="FossCourage page 71" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=71"> Nils Foss’ marriage to Dorte Foss gave him two st</a> <a title="FossCourage page 72" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=72"> Nils Foss has been a keen tennis player since his</a> <a title="FossCourage page 73" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=73"> examined. Driving home in the car, Nils said to m</a> <a title="FossCourage page 74" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=74"> Portrait of Nils Foss taken in the 1960s.</a> <a title="FossCourage page 75" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=75"> The Business</a> <a title="FossCourage page 76" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=76"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 77" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=77"> Humble beginnings 5. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 78" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=78"> In 1933 he met two malcontent men: engineer R</a> <a title="FossCourage page 79" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=79"> After the war it was sold to large estates and gr</a> <a title="FossCourage page 80" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=80"> At FOSS, the multi-talented Poul Ægidius got the </a> <a title="FossCourage page 81" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=81"> Denmark was starting to crack at the seams. Again</a> <a title="FossCourage page 82" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=82"> Experts in measuring technology At the company’s</a> <a title="FossCourage page 83" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=83"> Ægidius followed the research at universities </a> <a title="FossCourage page 84" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=84"> The Cera Tester – a portable grain moisture meter</a> <a title="FossCourage page 85" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=85"> we be sitting in the poorhouse, left with most of</a> <a title="FossCourage page 86" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=86"> Subsequently, the company endeavoured to s</a> <a title="FossCourage page 87" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=87"> gies, cash flow predictions, superior competitive </a> <a title="FossCourage page 88" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=88"> company should produce analytical equipment that </a> <a title="FossCourage page 89" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=89"> Verging on the impossible 6. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 90" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=90"> ‘At one of these meetings, we expressed a str</a> <a title="FossCourage page 91" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=91"> later, he would come back asking what progress ha</a> <a title="FossCourage page 92" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=92"> acknowledging the problems and explaining how to </a> <a title="FossCourage page 93" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=93"> This brought Foss Electric into contact wi</a> <a title="FossCourage page 94" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=94"> ‘We constructed a homogeniser fitted with a pis</a> <a title="FossCourage page 95" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=95"> Denmark alone could not provide a sufficient platf</a> <a title="FossCourage page 96" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=96"> cials gaped at the units and asked what they were</a> <a title="FossCourage page 97" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=97"> Nils Foss demonstrating the Milko-Tester Automati</a> <a title="FossCourage page 98" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=98"> what the reason could be. I realised immediately </a> <a title="FossCourage page 99" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=99"> Foss Electric had to expand. The faciliti</a> <a title="FossCourage page 100" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=100"> good reputation in the sector and among engineers</a> <a title="FossCourage page 101" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=101"> A fascinating challenge 7. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 102" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=102"> FLS with business partners Frederik Læssøe Smidth</a> <a title="FossCourage page 103" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=103"> decisive generational and management change. The </a> <a title="FossCourage page 104" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=104"> Nils Foss had imported the idea of setting </a> <a title="FossCourage page 105" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=105"> At just 40, Nils Foss became managing director of</a> <a title="FossCourage page 106" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=106"> and create cohesion throughout the gigantic corpo</a> <a title="FossCourage page 107" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=107"> He also announced his intention to introduc</a> <a title="FossCourage page 108" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=108"> bility ‘entitling’ him to participate in public d</a> <a title="FossCourage page 109" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=109"> ‘Every time we win an order, we fight to c</a> <a title="FossCourage page 110" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=110"> F.L. Smidth initiated an array of new activities </a> <a title="FossCourage page 111" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=111"> Several acquisitions were made under Foss’ l</a> <a title="FossCourage page 112" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=112"> decided to break down the company’s strict pyrami</a> <a title="FossCourage page 113" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=113"> economic growth in Denmark and other Western coun</a> <a title="FossCourage page 114" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=114"> media presence, came out on top. ‘And being ambit</a> <a title="FossCourage page 115" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=115"> The firefighter of 8. the</a> <a title="FossCourage page 116" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=116"> listed company was, however, large and relatively</a> <a title="FossCourage page 117" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=117"> estate, he demanded half the seats in Sadolin’s e</a> <a title="FossCourage page 118" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=118"> Nils Foss was chairman of the board of the paint </a> <a title="FossCourage page 119" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=119"> er or the shares would be sold to Nobel. The merg</a> <a title="FossCourage page 120" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=120"> I prefer to be chairman Throughout his business </a> <a title="FossCourage page 121" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=121"> FOSS MEMBERSGIPS NUMEROUS BOARD • Polyteknisk </a> <a title="FossCourage page 122" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=122"> This is where you can make a difference and accom</a> <a title="FossCourage page 123" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=123"> In August 1980 Nils Foss, a man on a missi</a> <a title="FossCourage page 124" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=124"> & Elektronik A/S, which joined SCS in 1977. The fi</a> <a title="FossCourage page 125" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=125"> astronomical that the banks intervened and said s</a> <a title="FossCourage page 126" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=126"> kroner. So I recommended we turn down the deal. B</a> <a title="FossCourage page 127" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=127"> Back to Foss Electric 9. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 128" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=128"> was engrossed in starting a company and heading u</a> <a title="FossCourage page 129" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=129"> samples from his thoughts on trade and industry, </a> <a title="FossCourage page 130" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=130"> 1½-page typed or handwritten application with att</a> <a title="FossCourage page 131" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=131"> Although 1975 saw a continuing rise in turnover, </a> <a title="FossCourage page 132" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=132"> With the company vacillating between projects, no</a> <a title="FossCourage page 133" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=133"> Back in the chair Nils Foss is fond of quoting f</a> <a title="FossCourage page 134" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=134"> At the end of the eighties, Nils Foss and Steen L</a> <a title="FossCourage page 135" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=135"> alised gave Foss Electric an extra boost. On the </a> <a title="FossCourage page 136" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=136"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 137" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=137"> An innovative enterprise 10. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 138" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=138"> “Right, let’s go for it”, in reality risking his </a> <a title="FossCourage page 139" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=139"> cost-cutting packages also seen in the mid-80s. I</a> <a title="FossCourage page 140" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=140"> Well aware that several competing companies </a> <a title="FossCourage page 141" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=141"> “dead man’s hand”, which means telling people wha</a> <a title="FossCourage page 142" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=142"> Knowledge sharing is growing increasingly imp</a> <a title="FossCourage page 143" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=143"> Management by Walking Around. Nils Foss disagrees</a> <a title="FossCourage page 144" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=144"> In the old enamel factory at the company premises</a> <a title="FossCourage page 145" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=145"> on his activities with a welter of information th</a> <a title="FossCourage page 146" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=146"> – I subjected my son to the same treatment. He wa</a> <a title="FossCourage page 147" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=147"> Nils Foss discussing with two employees the futur</a> <a title="FossCourage page 148" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=148"> company could produce the entire system alone, th</a> <a title="FossCourage page 149" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=149"> readiness to switch over to new measurement techn</a> <a title="FossCourage page 150" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=150"> same effect as a six- to tenfold increase in deve</a> <a title="FossCourage page 151" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=151"> sumers could not fail to generate a good return. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 152" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=152"> used to analyse an estimated 80% of the milk and </a> <a title="FossCourage page 153" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=153"> The generational struggle 11. – is </a> <a title="FossCourage page 154" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=154"> Throughout his business career, Nils Foss ha</a> <a title="FossCourage page 155" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=155"> In 2006, however, the families gave into pressure</a> <a title="FossCourage page 156" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=156"> Over the course of 14 months Nils Foss and his th</a> <a title="FossCourage page 157" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=157"> ‘Reports indicate that the owning families hav</a> <a title="FossCourage page 158" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=158"> The gravity of the situation convinced the Po</a> <a title="FossCourage page 159" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=159"> FLS INDUSTRIES AND POTAGUA Potagua was founded </a> <a title="FossCourage page 160" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=160"> By inviting his children and their spouses to</a> <a title="FossCourage page 161" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=161"> ‘You can get a fat check and enjoy yourselv</a> <a title="FossCourage page 162" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=162"> companies with dispersed ownership. However, seve</a> <a title="FossCourage page 163" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=163"> FAMILY-OWNED COMPANIES About 17.5% of the large</a> <a title="FossCourage page 164" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=164"> long as that remains possible. You take better ca</a> <a title="FossCourage page 165" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=165"> all four families to be involved – Dorte and Nils</a> <a title="FossCourage page 166" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=166"> The board of FOSS A/S consists of three external </a> <a title="FossCourage page 167" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=167"> TGE BOARD OF FOSS A/S 2006 Nils Foss, chairman </a> <a title="FossCourage page 168" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=168"> uted in the form of gifts or transfers to spouses</a> <a title="FossCourage page 169" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=169"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 170" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=170"> Portrait of Nils Foss, 1998.</a> <a title="FossCourage page 171" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=171"> The Commitment</a> <a title="FossCourage page 172" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=172"> </a> <a title="FossCourage page 173" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=173"> Guiding light at the 12. Da</a> <a title="FossCourage page 174" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=174"> For seven and a half years starting in 1989, Nils</a> <a title="FossCourage page 175" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=175"> was sheer grey concrete and asphalt, and a six-me</a> <a title="FossCourage page 176" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=176"> Arne Piel Christensen who, as secretary-gener</a> <a title="FossCourage page 177" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=177"> ly Muslim guest workers – bred fear and oppositio</a> <a title="FossCourage page 178" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=178"> The latter objective in particular required tr</a> <a title="FossCourage page 179" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=179"> refugees, for example, by establishing one or mor</a> <a title="FossCourage page 180" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=180"> refugees come from cultural backgrounds vastly di</a> <a title="FossCourage page 181" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=181"> processed as in the previous year. As a consequen</a> <a title="FossCourage page 182" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=182"> Equality commission In 1990, Nils Foss and the D</a> <a title="FossCourage page 183" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=183"> Chairmanship of the Danish Refugee Council took N</a> <a title="FossCourage page 184" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=184"> rected the idea and tried to rally support for it</a> <a title="FossCourage page 185" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=185"> real events. The war in Yugoslavia roused their c</a> <a title="FossCourage page 186" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=186"> Denmark. Temporary residency would enable the Yug</a> <a title="FossCourage page 187" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=187"> ‘Outside the Council, he took part in som</a> <a title="FossCourage page 188" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=188"> 190</a> <a title="FossCourage page 189" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=189"> In the service of society 13. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 190" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=190"> Nils Foss has been chairman of the board of the B</a> <a title="FossCourage page 191" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=191"> ing to do this unpaid job. But I had met Nils dur</a> <a title="FossCourage page 192" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=192"> TGE BETTY NANSEN & EDISON TGEATRES Since the the</a> <a title="FossCourage page 193" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=193"> Nils Foss has never regretted accepting Henrik Ha</a> <a title="FossCourage page 194" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=194"> and finance committees. He held both offices until </a> <a title="FossCourage page 195" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=195"> does not lend itself to the job. As a politician,</a> <a title="FossCourage page 196" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=196"> Nils Foss left a clear mark on the fierce public d</a> <a title="FossCourage page 197" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=197"> post-war Danish prime ministers – regardless of p</a> <a title="FossCourage page 198" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=198"> ing TV screens the evening before the referendum.</a> <a title="FossCourage page 199" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=199"> ‘The atmosphere got more and more festive</a> <a title="FossCourage page 200" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=200"> parties – with the exception of the Left Socialis</a> <a title="FossCourage page 201" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=201"> a consumer watchdog, the consumer ombudsman. Swed</a> <a title="FossCourage page 202" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=202"> the Industrial Council. However, he disliked some</a> <a title="FossCourage page 203" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=203"> The development foundation – the Foss foundation </a> <a title="FossCourage page 204" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=204"> recession of the 1980s, so the government at the </a> <a title="FossCourage page 205" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=205"> bridge-building business fora, first with the USA </a> <a title="FossCourage page 206" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=206"> search team tasked exclusively with finding ways o</a> <a title="FossCourage page 207" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=207"> Kemi. This company discharged the plant hormone t</a> <a title="FossCourage page 208" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=208"> association chairman described the background for</a> <a title="FossCourage page 209" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=209"> Renewal – a call of duty 14. </a> <a title="FossCourage page 210" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=210"> irks them, but they work systematically, often th</a> <a title="FossCourage page 211" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=211"> race, religion and social class, have always mean</a> <a title="FossCourage page 212" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=212"> Erling Foss’ talents lay elsewhere. Without</a> <a title="FossCourage page 213" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=213"> Peter Foss comments on FOSS A/S today and his fat</a> <a title="FossCourage page 214" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=214"> The Hillerød-based company is packed with modern </a> <a title="FossCourage page 215" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=215"> both starting his own company and playing an acti</a> <a title="FossCourage page 216" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=216"> ever, is impatience with minor pressing matters a</a> <a title="FossCourage page 217" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=217"> In 2006, FOSS A/S has sales and service organisat</a> <a title="FossCourage page 218" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=218"> number of employees involved in the values formul</a> <a title="FossCourage page 219" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=219"> The four prime FOSS values with a few select seco</a> <a title="FossCourage page 220" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=220"> • Our customers (and their customers) and their </a> <a title="FossCourage page 221" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=221"> A deal is a deal The values have always been emb</a> <a title="FossCourage page 222" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=222"> ‘It gives me great pleasure to see our measuring </a> <a title="FossCourage page 223" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=223"> Bibliography Ellemose, Søren: FLSmidth </a> <a title="FossCourage page 224" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=224"> List of illustrations Front cover Portr</a> <a title="FossCourage page 225" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0e8b9b9?page=225"> Page 136 Nils Foss and Steen Langebæk in Indi</a>