Bitten Clausen has passed away
Danfoss hereby announces that Bitten Clausen passed away yesterday evening. Bitten Clausen, who was the widow of Danfoss founder Mads Clausen, lived to turn 103.
On behalf of the family, Jørgen M. Clausen, the eldest son of Bitten Clausen and the Chairman of the Danfoss A/S Board, says:
“We are deeply touched by the loss of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Bitten Clausen. My brothers and sisters and I have lost our mother who, up until her last moments, was the center of attention in our family. Throughout her life, our mother exuded care and human warmth in everything she did, personally and in terms of Danfoss. We are thankful that mother lived a long and eventful life, and managed to stay active right to the end. I would like to thank all current and former Danfoss employees for their loyalty and support for our mother throughout the years.”
Bitten Clausen was born in Haderslev, Denmark, on October 20, 1912. She married Mads Clausen in 1939 and moved to the island of Als, where she helped establish the enterprise today known as Danfoss. Following the death of Mads Clausen in 1966, Bitten Clausen was Chairman of the Danfoss A/S Board, taking active part in the development of the company. In 1971, she set up the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, which, today, still holds the controlling interest in Danfoss A/S. Long before CSR became an established concept in companies worldwide, Bitten Clausen laid the foundation for Danfoss’ long-standing tradition for exercising social responsibility.
Bitten Clausen Bitten Clausen was active as an Honorary Member of the Danfoss A/S Board until today. In 1975, Bitten Clausen became a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, and in 1990, she became a Knight of First Degree. She was also a Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav Order, and she was appointed an honorary citizen of Nordborg, Denmark, and Tianjin, China, where Danfoss has a major production site.
Bitten Clausen will be laid to rest at Havnbjerg Church in Nordborg, and the funeral will be private.
A memorial website has been created on danfoss.com for Bitten Clausen, where you are welcome to leave a message of condolence. You can also write your name and message in a book of condolence, which is available at the Danfoss Reception in Nordborg.