nils s. anderson Maersk CEO

Nils S. Anderson, A.P. Moller - Maersk CEO

COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)–Nils Smedegaard Andersen, the chief executive of Danish industrial conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S(MAERSK-B.KO), returned to work Monday after more than four months’ leave following a heart operation.

Smedegaard Andersen, 53, fell ill during a skiing holiday in Switzerland at the end of December 2012. After surgery to replace a cardiac valve and hospitalization in Switzerland for two weeks, he returned to Denmark in mid-January.

He was initially expected to resume work at the beginning of February, but suffered a setback and had further surgery at the end of March.

“Having participated in a number of meetings and having been updated on our activities during the last couple of weeks, I am now ready to return to work,” Smedegaard Andersen said in a statement Monday.

During his absence, the company has been led by members of the executive board, reporting to Supervisory Board Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen.

-By Flemming Emil Hansen, Dow Jones Newswires

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