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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA – led by Acting CEO Geir Karlsen – is responsible for Norwegian's operations and commercial performance, as well as developing and delivering on its corporate strategy.
Acting Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Geir Karlsen (born 1965) was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norwegian in July 2019 and has held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since 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 world's largest independent pool and management company. Geir Karlsen has a degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School.
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA)
Mr. Tore Jenssen (born 1978) is Norwegian's Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Norwegian's fully owned asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA). 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 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.
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.
Chief Customer and Digital Officer
Kurt Simonsen (born 1958) joined Norwegian as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2018. In February 2019, he took on the role as Chief Customer and Digital Officer. 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.
Bjørn Erik Barman-Jenssen
Executive Vice President for Operational Development
Mr. Bjørn Erik Barman-Jenssen (born 1963) is responsible for several operational functions, including the commercial side of ground operations, operational airport relations and Norwegian’s in-house ground handling company, Red Handling. He also holds the position as Managing Director of Norwegian Cargo and is responsible for Norwegian’s Barcelona office. Mr. Barman-Jenssen has been a part of Norwegian’s operational management team since 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience within the aviation industry, and has held both operational and commercial positions in Braathens and SAS.