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Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jacob Schram (born 1962) joined Norwegian as Chief Executive Officer in January 2020. He has several years of experience from large international companies, including 22 years at Circle K (previously Statoil Fuel & Retail (SFR)), where he was Group President for Europe for 14 years until he stepped down in 2018. As CEO, he led the process of publicly listing SFR on the Norwegian Stock Exchange in 2010 and the global rebranding of 10,000 fuel and convenience stores to Cirkle K. Previously, he has also held managing roles at McDonald’s and McKinsey. During 2019 worked with private investments, start-ups and presentations related to his book “The Essence of Business”, in addition to holding the position as Senior Advisor at McKinsey. Mr. Schram holds a Master of Science in Economics from Copenhagen Business School.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Mr. Geir Karlsen (born 1965) has held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since April 2018. From July 2019 to December 2019, he was Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norwegian. He has extensive experience from listed companies within shipping and offshore. Mr. Karlsen has over the last 12 years held various CFO positions at international companies such as Golden Ocean Group and Songa Offshore. Before Norwegian, he held the position Group CFO at London-based Navig8 Group, the world's largest independent pool and management company. Geir Karlsen has a degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School.
Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline
Andrew Hodges (born 1971) was appointed Executive President (EVP) Airline in June 2020. He joined Norwegian in June 2019 as Senior Vice President for Network Strategy & Planning before being appointed EVP Airline in June 2020. Andrew has over 20 years of aviation experience including 12 years with easyJet plc, where he held several senior commercial and finance roles. He has also worked for British Airways for 5 years in a Corporate Development role, and for Deloitte for seven years where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and helped develop a successful aviation consulting practice. Andrew graduated with a First Class BEng from Southampton University in Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Guro H. Poulsen
Executive Vice President (EVP) People
Ms. Guro H. Poulsen (born 1975) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) People in June 2020. She has been with Norwegian since 2010, starting as a Financial Controller and later working as the Finance Manager for Norwegian Air Resources and SVP Crew Management. She has several years of experience from large international companies, including Goodyear Dunlop and Wrigley as Business Controller. Ms. Poulsen holds a Master of Business Administration within Marketing from Griffith University in Australia and a Bachelor of Business Administration within Travel and Tourism Management from BI Norwegian Business School.
Executive Vice President (EVP) Communications
Ms. Anne-Sissel Skånvik (born 1959) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) Communications in June 2020. She was Norwegian’s Chief Communications Officer 2009 – 2020. Ms. Skånvik joined Norwegian from a position as Senior Vice President at Telenor ASA, responsible for corporate communications and governmental relations. She was the Deputy Director General in The Norwegian Ministry of Finance between 1996 and 2004 and has also years of experience from Statistics Norway (SSB) and various media. Ms. Skånvik has a Master’s degree in political science (Cand. Polit) from the University of Oslo, a degree in journalism from Norwegian College of Journalism and the Executive Management Course at Norwegian Defence University College.
Knut Olav Irgens Høeg
Executive Vice President (EVP) IT, Supply Chain & Process Improvement
Mr. Knut Olav Irgens Høeg (born 1973) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) IT, Supply Chain & Process improvement in June 2020. He jointed Norwegian in August 2019 as SVP Procurement and has been acting in the role as SVP IT and Customer Care from February 2020. Mr. Høeg has extensive experience in procurement and IT from several large operations, like Circle K, TINE, Storebrand and Skandia. He has also been a Management Consultant at Deloitte. Mr. Høeg has been driving several different Change and Cost-Out Projects and in addition building up organizations both locally and Near-Shore. He has a Master of Science Degree in Economics from Norwegian School of Management (BI) and an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Interim Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline Ecosystem
Mr. Brede G. Huser (born 1971) was appointed interim Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline Ecosystem in June 2020. He was previously Managing Director of Norwegian Reward, the Norwegian Group's loyalty program. He joined Norwegian in its start-up year in 2002, first as a consultant and as an employee since 2006. He was part of the company's financial management team from 2006 until 2015. Prior to joining Norwegian, Mr. Huser has 10 years of experience from finance and management consulting with Orkla, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Financial Economics from Norwegian School of Business (BI).
Kei Grieg Toyomasu
Interim Executive Vice President (EVP) Customer
Kei Grieg Toyomasu (born 1970) was appointed interim Executive Vice President (EVP) Customer in June 2020. He joined Norwegian in May 2019 from the Nordic advertising agency Schjærven Reklamebyrå, where he was CEO. Mr. Toyomasu started his career founding a digital agency that was acquired by the international advertising agency BBDO. Following a few years at BBDO Oslo, he moved to Tokyo to manage global marketing for several Japanese brands. He was also head of Opera Software’s global B2C marketing department for almost three years. Mr. Toyomasu has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Oslo. Christoffer Sundby will take on the role as EVP Customer from September 1.
Interim Executive Vice President (EVP) Operations
Johan Gauermann (born 1962) was appointed interim Executive Vice President (EVP) Operations in June 2020. He has more than 30 years of airline experience from various senior management roles. Mr. Gauermann joined Norwegian in October 2017 from global leisure travel group TUI where he, beside airline operations, was involved in change management and digital transformation programs. Johan was appointed Group Director Flight Operation in 2019. He holds an airline pilot certificate and a degree from City University of London. Johan has also studied Executive Management at Stockholm School of Economics.