February 16, 2021

kim povlsen UniversalRobots400x275Teradyne, Inc., which owns Universal Robots and several other robotics companies, has announced Kim Povlsen has been named the new president of Universal Robots. Povlsen will begin in the new role on March 1, 2021.

A Danish native, Povlsen brings global executive leadership from a high-tech and commercial perspective, and will lead Universal’s next stage of growth and innovation, Teradyne said. The appointment reinforces Teradyne’s commitment to Universal Robots’ Danish origins and its role in further developing the local robotics community.

“I am delighted to introduce Kim Povlsen as the new president of Universal Robots,” said Greg Smith, president of Teradyne’s Industrial Automation group, and acting president of Universal Robots. “Kim combines a fantastic track record as a dynamic executive with a background in and a tremendous passion for collaborative robotics. With Kim on board, Universal Robots is poised to strengthen its leadership in the global market for collaborative robotics. Universal Robots was one of the original companies at the core of the Odense innovation hub for robotics, and our global customers recognize the innovation and quality of that Danish heritage. I’m thrilled to have a Danish executive who can build on our achievements and support the further development of our robotics hub and headquarters in Odense.”

Povlsen has held various executive business and technology leadership roles at Schneider Electric, a global energy management and automation company. Most recently, he served as vice president of strategy and technology, for the firm. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and embedded engineering from the University of Southern Denmark, which produces many business and innovation leaders in the Odense community.

“I have been impressed with Universal Robots for some time,” said Povlsen. “To me, the company represents the pinnacle of innovation and potential and I was thrilled to be approached for this unique leadership role. The company not only pioneered the category of collaborative robots, created an ecosystem of partner technology solutions and a vast global distribution network to serve customers in their varied industrial automation news, it also has the potential to fundamentally reshape automation across the global economy. I really look forward to working with, learning from and being part of the great people at Universal Robots.”