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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA – led by founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos – is responsible for Norwegian's operations and commercial performance, as well as developing and delivering on its corporate strategy.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bjørn Kjos (born 1946) has been the Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian since October 2002. He is one of the founding partners of Norwegian Air Shuttle and was the Chairman of the Board between 1993-1996. Mr. Kjos was also Chairman during the start-up period of the Boeing 737 operation from June-September 2002. He was granted the right of audience in the Supreme Court in 1993. Mr. Kjos was a fighter pilot in the 334 squadron for six years, and is a law graduate from the University of Oslo.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Geir Karlsen (born 1965) was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in April 2018. He has extensive experience from listed companies within shipping and offshore. Mr. Karlsen has over the last 12 years held various CFO positions with international companies such as Golden Ocean Group and Songa Offshore. Before Norwegian, he held the position Group CFO at London-based Navig8 Group, the word's largest independent pool and management company. Geir Karlsen has a degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School.
Chief Communications Officer
Ms. Anne-Sissel Skånvik (born 1959) joined Norwegian in 2009 from a position as Senior Vice President at Telenor ASA, where she was responsible for corporate communications and governmental relations. Ms. Skånvik was the Deputy Director General in The Norwegian Ministry of Finance between 1996 and 2004. She has also years of experience from Statistics Norway (SSB) and various media. Ms. Skånvik has a Masters 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Asgeir Nyseth (born 1957) was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Norwegian Group in 2016. He started as Norwegian’s Chief Operational Officer in 2006 and CEO of Norwegian’s long-haul operation in 2013. Mr. Nyseth has extensive experience as an aeronautics engineer from both Lufttransport and Scandinavian Airlines. He was the technical director of Lufttransport for a period of three years and became the CEO of Lufttransport in 2000. Mr. Nyseth conducted officer training school and technical education at the Norwegian Air Force.
Helga Bollmann Leknes
Chief Commercial Officer
Ms. Helga Bollmann Leknes (born 1972) was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian in November 2018. She joined Norwegian in October 2017 as Chief Human Resources Officer and continues to represent HR in the management team. She is also Managing Director of Norwegian Air Resources, a position she has had since March 2018. Ms. Bollmann Leknes previously held the global position of Executive Vice President HR Communications at Kongsberg Automotive ASA, where she was part of the Executive Management Team. She worked as Senior Vice President HR/Head of Staff Functions in Frontica Business Solutions (previously Aker Solutions),and has had leading positions within HR in Aker Solutions. Ms. Bollmann Leknes has also been HR Director for SAS in Norway. Ms. Bollmann Leknes has a Bachelor of Management from Norwegian Business School (BI) and a Master of Management from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Chief Legal Officer
Mr. Frode Berg (born 1968) has been Chief Legal Officer of Norwegian since February 2013. He has practiced law since 1997 and was as a partner at the law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig from 2007. As a lawyer, Mr. Berg’s main fields have been corporate law, transactions and international contracts. He was legal advisor to Norwegian during the start-up phase, as well as during the establishment of Bank Norwegian. Mr. Berg holds a law degree and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Tromsø, Norway, and a master’s degree (LL.M) from the University of Cambridge, England.
Managing Director Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA)
Mr. Tore Jenssen (born 1978) is Managing Director of Norwegian's fully owned asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA). He is also Managing Director of Norwegian Air Ireland (NAI). He has been at Norwegian since 2007, when he was hired as cost controller for the company's technical department. From 2010 Mr. Jenssen worked as Asset Manager, and in 2013 he moved to Ireland to become Chief Operating Officer for AAA. Before he started his career at Norwegian he worked for Grilstad. Mr. Jenssen has a business degree from Bodø Graduate School of Business.
Chief Information Officer
Kurt Simonsen (born 1958) joined Norwegian as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2018. Mr. Simonsen has a vast background within the IT industry and has held various positions at Hewlett-Packard Norge AS and has served as Vice President of Telenor FOU and Vice President of Telenor 4tel, (later acquired by Evry). During the past 17 years, he has been partner and co-owner of the consulting company Infocom Group AS, a leading consulting company with expertise in IT Sourcing and restructuring processes. During his time at Infocom, Mr. Simonsen has implemented some of the largest IT Sourcing and restructuring projects in Norway in sectors such as telecom, banking / finance and oil / energy. Mr. Simonsen is a graduate engineer in electronics.
Chief Customer Officer
Mr. Edward Thorstad (born 1969) is Chief Customer Officer at Norwegian. He has been part of the company's commercial management team and led Norwegian's Customer Services department since 2005. Mr. Thorstad has worked in aviation since 1996 and has previously worked for Delta Air Lines where he helped build their European call center in London. He has a bachelor's degree from University College, London.
Bjørn Erik Barman-Jenssen
Managing Director Support Services
Mr. Bjørn Erik Barman-Jenssen (born 1963) is the Managing Director of Support Services, and responsible for several operational functions, including ground operations and in-flight services. He also holds the position as Managing Director of Norwegian Cargo. Mr. Barman-Jenssen has been a part of Norwegian’s operational management team since 2007. He has 30 years of experience within the aviation industry, and has held both operational and commercial positions in Braathens and SAS.
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Mr. Brede G. Huser (born 1971) was appointed Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Norwegian in September 2018. 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, Brede has 10 years of experience from finance and management consulting with Orkla, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Mr. Huser holds a Master of Science Degree in Financial Economics from Norwegian School of Business (BI).