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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.

 

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Niels Smedegaard

Chair

Niels SmedegaardMr. Niels Smedegaard (born 1962) was the President and CEO of DFDS Seaways from 2007 to 2019. He has  previously held leading positions in companies such as Gate Gourmet Group, Swissair and SAS. Mr. Smedegaard is a Danish citizen and holds a Master and Bachelor degree from Copenhagen Business School. Mr. Smedegaard also holds a number of board appointments in various European companies. Mr. Smedegaard has been elected for the period 2019-2021. 

Jaan Albrecht Binderberger

Director

Niels SmedegaardMr. Jaan Albrecht Binderberger (born 1955) was the CEO of Saudi Arabian Airlines from 2017 until early 2020, when he moved to the Holding and is currently acting as an Advisor to the Chairman of the company. Mr. Albrecht is a former pilot and held various management positions at Mexicana de Aviación, including Fleet Chief Pilot, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Commercial Officer and CEO of the Cargo Division. He was the CEO of Star Alliance for ten years and later held the same position at Austrian Airlines and Sunexpress before joining Saudi Arabian Airlines. Mr. Albrecht studied architecture and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Innestec Mexico City. Mr. Albrecht has been elected for the period 2020-2022 and is an independent board member.

Vibeke Hammer Madsen

Director

Vibeke Hammer MadsenMs. Vibeke Hammer Madsen (born 1955) is the former CEO of Virke, The Federation of Norwegian Enterprise, which organizes and represents over 24,000 businesses with more than 280,000 employees. She was CEO of Virke from 2002-2018. In addition, Ms. Madsen was the Vice President of Human Resource & Business Support at Statoil Retail from 1996-1999 and held various positions in the company from 1993-1996. Furthermore, she was a partner in PA Consulting Group from 1999-2002. Ms. Madsen has also held several board appointments previously. She specialized in X-ray within industry and health at Ullevål radiografhøgskole from 1977-1979. Ms. Madsen has been elected for the period 2020-2022 and is an independent board member.

Ingrid Elvira Leisner

Director

Ingrid Elvira Leisner (born 1968) has long experience as head of audit committees and member of a number of boards, including Self Storage Group, Techstep, Maritime & Merchant and Spectrum Geo. Over several years, she has held several positions with Statoil, including Head of Portfolio Management Electric Power, Portfolio Manager and Trader. Ms. Leisner has a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin, USA.
Ms. Leisner has been elected for the period 2019-2021 and is an independent board member.

Sondre Gravir

Director

Sondre Gavir

Mr. Sondre Gravir (born 1977) is CEO of SATS, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to this, he was CEO of Schibsted Marketplaces, Executive Vice President of Schibsted Established Markets, as well as CEO of Finn.no, Aftenposten and Bergens Tidende. He has also worked as a management consultant in McKinsey. Gravir holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and selected MBA courses in international finance and business from the National University of Singapore. Gravir has experience from several Schibsted boards internationally both as chairman and board member, and has also had board appointments in Frende Forsikring, Fædrelandsvennen and Finn.no. Mr. Gravir has been elected for the period 2020-2022 and is an independent board member.

Chris Browne

Director

Niels SmedegaardMs. Chris Browne (born 1960) has extensive experience from the airline and travel industry, including Iberia, First Choice Airways and TUI. At TUI, Ms. Browne was the Managing Director of Thomson Airways for seven years and then took on the role as Chief Operating Officer at TUI Airlines from 2014 to 2015. Ms. Browne also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at easyJet from 2016 until she stepped down in 2019. She was awarded an OBE for services to aviation in 2013. Ms. Browne has been elected for the period 2020-2022 and is an independent board member.

Geir Olav Øien

Director, employee representative

Geir Olav Øien

Mr. Geir Olav Øien (born 1972) joined Norwegian’s Technical Department in 1998. He has been working in the aviation industry since 1991 and has extensive experience within technical operations. Mr Øien has previously worked for SAS Heavy Maintenance Oslo and as a civil employee for the Norwegian Air Force in Bodø and Kjeller. From 2014-2015 he was the leader of Norwegian’s Technical Union.
Mr. Øien has been a Director since 2016 and has been elected for the period 2019-2021. He is an independent board member.

Eric Holm

Director, employee representative

Sondre Gavir

Mr. Eric Holm (born 1967) joined Norwegian in March 2010 and is currently employed in Norwegian Cabin Services Norway AS. Mr. Holm holds a MA degree in International Security Studies from the University of Leicester. Mr. Holm has been Deputy Board Member at Norwegian Cabin Services Norway, Chairman at Parat Luftfart and Board Member (employee representative) at Lufthansa Service Group Norway. He has been elected for the period 2019-2021.

Katrine Gundersen

Director, employee representative

Sondre Gavir

Ms. Katrine Gundersen (born 1974) holds the position as Crew Tracker at Norwegian’s Integrated Operational Control Centre (IOCC). She started working in the airline industry in the late 1990s and has been with Norwegian since August 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of BI.
Ms. Gundersen was Deputy Director of Norwegian’s Board from 2016-2018. She is elected for the period 2019-2021.