Board of Directors


The Board of Directors works in accordance with the rules laid down by the laws of Norway. The Board of Directors issues instructions for its own work.

From left to right: Ada Kjeseth, Kenneth Utsikt, Christian Fredrik Stray, Bjørn H. Kise, Thor Espen Bråten, Linda Olsen and Liv Berstad.

Bjørn H. Kise

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Bjørn H. Kise (born 1950) has more than 25 years of experience of legal practice with the law firm Vogt Wiig AS, where he is also a partner. He is (since 1997) admitted to the Supreme Court. Mr. Kise has a Law Degree from the University of Oslo. 

Mr. Kise is one of the founding partners of Norwegian Air Shuttle and has been a board member since 1993. He was a Chair of the Board in the period 1996-2002. Mr. Kise also holds a number of board appointments in large and medium-sized companies in Norway and abroad. He has been elected for the period 2014-2016, and represents Norwegian’s principal shareholder HBK Invest AS. 

Liv Berstad

Director of the Board

Ms. Liv Berstad (born 1961) is today the Managing Director for the clothing company KappAhl in Norway. Ms. Berstad has extensive experience from retail trade in the Nordic region, mainly from construction material, fashion and cosmetics. She joined KappAhl as their financing manager in 1990 and in 1996 she was made the Managing Director. She is a Business economist from BI Norwegian School of Management. 

Ms. Berstad has been a board member since 2005. She also holds directorships at Expert. Shhas been elected for the period 2015-2017, and 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, and 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. Ms. Kjeseth was educated at The Norwegian School of Economics.

Ms. 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. Christian Fredrik 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 CEO of Biomet Norge, and from 2011-2014 as CEO of Biomet Nordic. Mr. 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).

Mr. 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

Director of the Board, employee representative

Mr. Thor Espen 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 received his airline pilot training in Norway and Sweden. 

Mr. Bråten has been an employee representative since 2009. He has been elected for the period 2012-2014, but will stay until the new employee representatives have been elected. He is an independent board member.

Linda Olsen

Director of the Board, employee representative

Ms. 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 a Legal Office Assistant and has studied tourism management in Australia.

Ms. Olsen is also on the Board of HK, a union started in cooperation with the Norwegian Union for Commerce and Office Employees. She has been an employee representative since 2009, and has been elected for the period 2012-2014, but will stay until the new employee representatives have been elected. She is an independent board member.

Kenneth Utsikt

Director of the Board, employee representative

Mr. 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.

Mr. Utsikt has been an employee representative since 2009. He has been elected for the period 2012-2014, but will stay until the new employee representatives have been elected. He is an independent board member.

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