Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mr. Geir Karlsen (born 1965) has been Chief Executive Officer in Norwegian since June 2021. He held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since April 2018, and served as Acting Chief Executive Officer from July to December 2019. 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.
EVP Network, Pricing & Optimisation
Mr. Andrew Hodges (born 1971) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline in June 2020 and EVP Network, Pricing & Optimisation in March 2021. 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.
EVP Sales, Marketing & Customer Care
Mr. Christoffer Sundby (born 1978) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) Customer in September 2020 and EVP Sales, Marketing & Customer Care in March 2021. Christoffer has 10 years of leadership experience in merchandising, including operations, marketing, sales, product & concept development and customer service. He was Senior Vice President of Circle K Norway in 2017-2019 before he was appointed CEO of the healthcare company Unicare in August 2019. Christoffer started his professional career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in 2006, after several years as a member of the Norwegian Olympic team in sailing. Christoffer has a MSc in Economics from BI Norwegian Business School.
Guro H. Poulsen
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.
EVP Communication and Public Affairs
Ms. Anne-Sissel Skånvik (born 1959) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) Communications and Public Affairs 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
EVP IT and Business Services
Mr. Knut Olav Irgens Høeg (born 1973) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) IT, Supply Chain & Process improvement in June 2020. He joined 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).
EVP Product & Digital Development
Tor-Arne Fosser (born 1974) was appointed Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline Ecosystem in October 2020 and EVP Product & Digital Development in March 2021. Tor-Arne has more than 20 years of B2C experience from companies in the telecommunications, technology, and consulting sectors. He was Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Denmark from January 2019 until October 2020. From 2001 he held several commercial leadership positions within marketing, strategy, digital transformation, and partnerships in the Telenor Group. Tor-Arne is a former business consultant at Accenture, and he was CEO of a digital marketing agency at Dentsu. Tor-Arne holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from BI Norwegian Business School.
Interim 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.