The boss of Scandinavian ferry firm DFDS is to become chairman of budget carrier Norwegian.

Niels Smedegaard is stepping down president and chief executive of DFDS at the end of April after 12 years.

The former Swissair and SAS executive is then set to join the airline.

He has been nominated to replace Bjorn Kise who recently announced he was stepping down as chairman of Norwegian.

The new board of directors is due to be elected at the carrier’s annual meeting on May 7.

This will be the latest senior management change following the appointment last week of chief financial officer Geir Karlsen as deputy to CEO Bjorn Klos.

Smedegaard is a former president and chief executive of a subsidiary of catering firm Gate Gourmet Group.

The reshuffle comes as Norwegian, the third largest carrier at Gatwick, switches focus to profit while limiting expansion.

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