Executive Team

Executive Team

Steen Hagensen
President & CEO

Steen has been President and owner of ENERVEX Inc. since 1991. He has extensive experience in the management of industrial companies and in international sales. First as a Chief Advisor in the Danish Federation of Crafts and Smaller Industries and later with management positions with HYDREMA North America, ATG Inc and Citius USA. Developed the Chimney Automation concept in 1991, a method to maintain a constant mechanically created draft in a chimney system, which is the foundation of most of ENERVEX's system solutions today. Has been involved in development and design of venting sizing software and holds several patents.

He is a regular speaker at ASHRAE meetings in the US and the Middle East and has written a number of technical articles that has been published in industry trade magazines. He has been a voting member on the National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA54/ANSI Z223.1) Technical Committee since 1998.

Steen holds a Master of Economics degree from AUC in Denmark and a graduate from the MBA Marketing Management Course at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Gitte P. Hagensen
Executive Vice-President

Gitte founded EXHAUSTO, Inc. (now ENERVEX, Inc.) in 1990. Since then she has developed the company into an extremely successful business with distribution throughout the United States, Canada, and the Middle East. Previously held sales and marketing positions for busineses in USA and Denmark and has prepared and implemented business- and marketing plans in several of these positions. In 2005-2008, she was Chairman for the Danish American Chamber of Commerce. With support from the board, she initiated and implemented a complete restructuring of the organization, turning it into USA’s largest and most active Danish American Chamber of Commerce. At her departure in 2008, the organization was financially sound, events were larger and of a higher quality, attendance improved significantly, and the office set-up was changed to meet future demand. In 2006, Gitte founded the Danish Film Festival Atlanta, held at Atlanta High Museum of Art.

Michelle Williams
Financial Controller

Michelle has over 18 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She has worked in multiple industries including software development, manufacturing/distribution and non profit. She holds a BBA from Georgia State University with concentrations in Accounting and Management Information Systems. The majority of her career was spent at TAPPI, the world’s leading association for professionals in the pulp, paper and converting industries. During her employment at TAPPI, she served on the senior strategy team responsible for the association’s turn around in one fiscal year to a positive bottom line after 15 years of losses.

Christian Hagensen, MBA
Vice President of Sales

Christian has been associated with the ENERVEX group of companies since 1998.

He has worked in most facets of the company, including administration, as a manufacturer's representative, and now as part of the management team. He has worked as a sales representative for United Energy Products in Crofton, MD - a manufacturer's representative of venting systems and boilers - and started ENERVEX's branch office in Chicago, which he turned into a major player in Chicagoland. 

Christian has extensive experience working with owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in the design and construction of buildings, both domestically and internationaly. He has been an active member for both the national chapters of ASHRAE and the USGBC, as well as the local chapters in Chicago, IL.

Christian holds a BA in Management from Georgia State University and an MBA degree from DePaul University, Chicago, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Execution, & Valuation.

The Board

In addition to the Executive Team, the board members include:

C. Patrick Harkins
Member of the Board

Patrick Harkins, CEO of Anchor Business Advisors, Inc. Pat has substantial experience as a consultant and auditor with a large national CPA firm. His past experience includes positions as Vice President & CFO with a manufacturing firm where he directed a leveraged buyout of the shareholder group as well as position as Sr. Vice President & CFO of a large electronics and software company. He served as the Chairman of the Senior Management Committee. With Anchor Business Advisors, Pat operates in the Merger & Acquisition field, where he meets the needs of the middle market entrepreneur.

Lars H. Knudsen
Member of the Board

Lars Hegelund Knudsen, CEO of ROLLTECH A/S, Denmark.

Lars has 25 years of international experience in industrial B2B companies and multinational groups. The last 10 years as CEO / Managing Director responsible for strategic business development, including successful implementation of several "turnarounds", organic growth and establishment of new business areas, sales and acquisition of companies and participation in integration of a USD200 Mill. acquired business unit.

In parallel Lars has worked in internal and external boards and management teams in Denmark, USA, China, France and Latvia in business units with up to 1000 employees and up to USD300 Mill. in revenue.