Appointed Director, February 2020
Birgit Aagaard-Svendsen has since 2016 been a Board professional. Prior to that Birgit Aagaard-Svendsen had more than 30 years of experience as an executive at latest (1998-2016) as CFO in the shipping company J. Lauritzen A/S. Birgit Aagaard-Svendsen board career dates to 1992 with more than 25 years of board experience in public companies. Her experience relates to different business segments including more than 25 years in shipping, 15 years related to offshore as well as 16 years of board experience in Danske Bank. Mrs Aagaard-Svendsen currently serves as Audit Committee Chairman in Aker Solutions AS, DNVGL, Prosafe SE as well as in West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Ass. In addition, Birgit Aagaard-Svendsen is the Deputy Chairman of Copenhagen Malmö Port. From 2011 to 2015 she was Chairman of the Danish Committee on Corporate Governance. Mrs Aagaard-Svendsen is constructional engineer (Technical University of Denmark) and has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Copenhagen Business School, CBS). She has on an ongoing basis participated at Postgraduate Studies in Finance and Strategy at Insead, IMD and IESE.
Appointed April 2020
Bjarte Bøe brings extensive experience serving on boards and audit committees of public companies, and has over thirty years of experience in the finance industry.
He currently serves as a Director of the NYSE-listed Hermitage Offshore, and is a member of its Audit Committee. Mr Bøe sits on the Board of Agera Venture, a Norwegian Venture Capital company, and is a member of the Nomination Committee of BW Offshore Ltd. He also serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee at SEB Venture Capital, a subsidiary of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), or SEB, a Nordic financial services group, where from 1995 to 2019, he held a range of senior management positions. Mr Bøe holds an M.B.A. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Appointed Director in November 2019.
Gunnar Winther Eliassen has been employed by Seatankers Consultancy Services since January 2016. Mr Eliassen currently also serves as a Director of Golden Close Maritime Corp. Ltd. and as a Director of Quintana Energy Services Inc. Prior experience includes Partner at Pareto Securities Inc in New York and Oslo.
Mr. Eliassen holds a Master in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and resides in London, UK.
Appointed Director, February 2020
Herman R Flinder serves as an independent director. Mr Flinder is a co-founder of Norse Partners LLC and Energy Investment Management LLC which manage a portfolio of investments in oil service companies. He serves on the boards of Noram Drilling Company AS, Panther Fluids Management LLC and Wolf Downhole Motors LLC. He was previously a managing partner of Fearnley Offshore LLC in Houston. He brings to the board 30 years of experience in the Offshore industry. Including chartering, sale & purchase, and corporate development. Mr Flinder attended Colorado School of Mines and the University of West Virginia, with a degree in Geology/engineering and an MBA.
Appointed Director, May 2021
Svein Harald Øygard was appointed as a director in May 2021. Mr Øygard brings significant financial and sector expertise to the Company, with decades of international experience in the government, financial and energy sectors. He worked within the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and various other governmental agencies, including as State Secretary of Finance, where he led the work on the Norwegian Tax Reform 1992, the Norwegian Government's Long-Term Program and the report on the economic effects of a possible EU membership. In 1995, he joined global consultancy McKinsey in Norway, a business he ran from 2005 to 2007. In 2009, he was Interim Governor of the Central Bank of Iceland, before returning to McKinsey. He served as Global Knowledge Leader Oil & Gas from 2010 to 2014 and led the firm’s oil and gas work in South America from 2013 to 2016.
Taking his expertise freelance in 2016, Mr. Øygard has since held board positions for a range of international firms operating in the oil and gas sector and from 2017 to early 2021 worked for Sparebank 1 Markets. An established and economist, in 2019 Mr. Øygard published a book entitled "In the Combat Zone of Finance", which focused on the 2008 financial crisis and its macroeconomic impact. Originally published in Norwegian and Icelandic, the book has also been translated into English and Chinese.