The Work of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors works in accordance with the rules laid down by Norwegian law. The Board has annual strategy seminars where issues such as objectives, strategies and implementations are addressed. The Board of Directors issues instructions for its own work.
(Left to right: Ada Kjeseth, Kenneth Utsikt, Christian Fredrik Stray, Bjørn H. Kise, Thor Espen Bråten, Linda Olsen and Liv Berstad)
Bjørn H. Kise, Chair of the Board
Mr. Kise (born 1950) has over 25 years of experience of legal practice with the law firm Vogt & Wiig AS, where he is also a partner. He is admitted to the Supreme Court since 1998. Kise has been a board member of Norwegian since 1993, and he was Chair of the Board in the period 1996-2002. Kise also holds a number of board appointments in large and medium-sized companies in Norway and abroad. Kise holds a Law Degree from the University of Oslo. He has been elected as Chair of the Board for the period 2014-2016, and he represents Norwegian’s principal shareholder HK Invest AS.
Liv Berstad, Director of the Board
Liv Berstad (born 1961) has been Managing Director for the clothing company KappAhl in Norway since 1996, and prior to this she was financial manager for the same company. Berstad has extensive experience from retail trade in the Nordic region, mainly from construction material, fashion and cosmetics. Ms. Berstad has been a board member of Norwegian since 2005 and she also holds directorships in Expert. Berstad holds a degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management (BI). She has been elected for the period 2013-2015, and she is an independent board member.
Ada Kjeseth, Director of the Board
Ms. Ada Kjeseth (born 1949) has been CEO of Tekas Shipping AS since 2006. She has also been CEO and is now Executive Chairman of Tekas AS, a family investment company. Kjeseth was educated at The Norwegian School of Economics, and she has held various leading roles as Managing Director, CEO and CFO in companies like Visma Services ASA, Visma Services Norway AS, ØkonomiPartner AS and AS Nevi. Kjeseth has extensive experience from several boards. She is Chairman of the Board of OBOS Skadeforsikring AS and TEKAS AS and Director of the Board of Bertel O. Steen Holding AS and Raget AS. Ms. Kjeseth has been elected for the period 2015-2017, and is an independent board member.
Christian Fredrik Stray, Director of the Board
Mr. Stray (born 1978) is founder and has been CEO of Apriori Consulting since 2015, where he is currently developing two new Norwegian medtech companies (HyPro AS and Joint Biomed AS) as interim CEO. Prior to this he has several years of experience from the global medical device company, Biomet. From 2008-2011 he held the position as Managing Director of Biomet Norge, and from 2011-2014 as Regional Vice President of Biomet Nordic. Stray holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering & Pre Med and an executive MBA from ESCP-EAP (Paris) and the Norwegian School of Management (BI). Stray has and has had several board appointments for companies both in Norway and Scandinavia, primarily within the medical industry. Mr. Stray has been elected for the period 2015-2017, and is an independent board member.
Thor Espen Bråten, employee representative
Mr. Bråten (born 1959) joined Norwegian in 2005 and works as a Captain. Bråten has held management positions ranging from Base Manager to Managing Director for a number of regional and international airlines. He also has extensive experience from aircraft acquisitions, lease and aircraft remarketing. He has been an employee representative since 2009. He received his airline pilot training in Norway and Sweden. Mr. Bråten has been elected for the period 2012-2014, and he is an independent board member.
Linda Olsen, employee representative
Linda Olsen (born 1985) joined Norwegian in February 2006, and is currently Senior Advisor and team leader for escalated cases in Customer Relations. Ms. Olsen is also on the board of HK, a union started in cooperation with the Norwegian Union for Commerce and Office Employees, and she has been an employee representative since 2009. Ms. Olsen is a legal office assistant and has studied tourism management in Australia. She has been elected for the period 2012-2014, and she is an independent board member.
Kenneth Utsikt, employee representative
Kenneth Utsikt (born 1976) is cabin crew administrator in Norwegian. He has worked for Norwegian since 2004 and was the leader for Norwegian Cabin Union from 2009-2012. He has been elected in Enebakk municipality since 1999 and has held numerous local positions as a politician. Prior to joining Norwegian, Mr. Utsikt worked in the service industry. He has been an employee representative since 2009. Mr. Utsikt has been elected for the period 2012-2014 and is an independent board member.