Denmark’s PET appoints new head

Finn Borch Andersen is the new man in charge

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has just appointed a new head.

Finn Borch Andersen, the former chief of police at North Zealand Police and Deputy Public Prosecutor for serious economic crime at Statsadvokaten, will assume the role from 1 January 2016.

Necessary humility
The 52-year-old, who has been acting head since 1 June 2015 – ever since the former head, Jens Madsen resigned – expressed happiness at the decision.

It is a task I look forward to with energy and commitment, but also with the necessary humility. I am very conscious of the unique work and importance PET has to Danish society,” DR reported him as saying.

The man for the job
Justice Minister Søren Pind praised Andersen’s “solid knowledge” and “experience”.

“Finn Borch Andersen has a solid knowledge of the intelligence services’ special role and comes from years of experience from the police and the prosecution. He is, in my opinion, the right man to head PET, which is one of Denmark’s most important authorities,” he was quoted by DR as saying.