Management

Executive committee

The Executive Committee is the Group President & CEO’s management team. It deals with issues and decisions related to strategy, markets and customers, target setting, financial development, investments, performance management, mergers and acquisitions, pricing strategy, and major management appointments. During 2016, the Executive Committee remained unchanged and consists of nine people. It includes the Group CEO, the CEOs of the five business areas, the Chief Financial Officer, Chief HR Officer and Chief Group Development Officer.

01 REMI ERIKSEN

Norwegian

Title
Group President & CEO

Joined
1993

Remi Eriksen became Group President and CEO of DNV GL in August 2015, succeeding Henrik O. Madsen. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the DNV GL Group, having served as CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas and in other senior roles in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Amongst many other leadership roles, he is on the Executive Committee of World Business Council for Sustainable Business Development (WBCSD), and provides critical guidance to the WBCSD Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi). 

He holds a Master’s in Electronics and Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and executive education from Rice University, IMD and INSEAD.

02 KNUT ØRBECK-NILSSEN

Norwegian

Title
CEO Maritime

Joined
1990

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen has been heading our Maritime business are since August 2015. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer and President of Maritime and Director of Division Europe, Africa & Americas. 

Knut has held senior management positions within both maritime and oil & gas. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was awarded a First Class Honour’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990.

03 ELISABETH TØRSTAD

Norwegian

Title
CEO Oil & Gas

Joined
1995

Elisabeth Tørstad has two decades in management positions at DNV GL, and comes from the role of Chief Technology Officer and prior to that as Chief Operating Officer for Maritime and Oil & Gas the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa division. 

Elisabeth has a cross disciplinary background and has held management positions with global responsibilities within the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy business areas. Her academic background includes a cand. scient. degree from the University of Oslo and a degree of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management.

04 DITLEV ENGEL

Danish

Title
CEO Energy

Joined
2016

Ditlev Engel was Group President & CEO of global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S from 2005 to 2013. Prior to joining Vestas, he had 20 years of experience at the global coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, the last five years as Group President & CEO. 

Ditlev has driven many global green investment initiatives. He has been chair of Denmark’s Green Investment Fund, a member of the Energy Partner Network of the World Economic Forum, advisor to the International Energy Agency, chair of the Green Growth Working Group at G20 Summits, co-founder of the Green Growth Action Alliance and member of UN’s Sustainable Energy for All. He has degrees in business administration, finance & accounting from Copenhagen Business School and the General Management Programme from INSEAD.

05 LUCA CRISCIOTTI

Italian

Title
CEO Business Assurance

Joined
2001

Luca Crisciotti became the CEO of Business Assurance in March 2012. In addition, he currently holds the position as the president of the IIOC (Independent International Organization for Certification Bodies), the trade body of many key international certification bodies. 

With a background in the certification industry, Luca started his career in DNV GL as a Sales Manager in Rome, Italy. He continued as the Business Development Manager for Division South Europe before moving to Japan for three years as Country Manager. He then moved to Shanghai, Greater China, taking over as Director of Operations in Business Assurance Asia & Australia. 

Luca has a degree in Business Economics from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.

06 ARE FØLLESDAL TJØNN

Norwegian

Title
CEO Software

Joined
1992

Are Føllesdal Tjønn has over 25 years of experience in software development and leadership positions within the maritime and oil & gas industries. After a tenure of fourteen years in leadership roles, Are returned to DNV GL in 2009 to lead the Software business area after having first joined DNV GL as Senior Research Engineer in 1992. 

He earned a MSc. in Computer Science and Cybernetics from the University of Oslo in 1988.

07 THOMAS VOGTH-ERIKSEN

Norwegian

Title
Chief Financial Officer

Joined
1988

Thomas Vogth-Eriksen has been Chief Financial Officer since 2012. He has held several senior management positions in DNV GL before that, most recently as the CEO of Business Assurance, the certification arm of the DNV GL Group. Thomas brings international experience of almost 15 years from New York, London, Shanghai, and Milan. 

He has served as board member in International Association of Certification bodies and the Norwegian Chambers of Commerce in London, Oslo and Shanghai. Thomas has a Master of Business & Economics, Business Administration from the Norwegian Business School.

08 CECILIE B. HEUCH

Norwegian

Title
Chief HR Officer

Joined
2004

Cecilie Blydt Heuch has been the Chief HR Officer at DNV GL since 2006. Prior to that she had several roles within Market Analysis in Hydro Aluminium and within Strategy and Business Development in the fertilizer industry in Yara. 

Cecilie graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She has a MSc from London School of Economics and a Business Diploma from Henley Management College. She has 11 years of international experience from Italy, France and England. Cecilie became a Director of the Board of Fred Olsen Energy ASA in 2007.

09 DAVID WALKER

British

Title
Chief Group Development Officer

Joined
2007

David Walker has been Chief Group Development Officer since 2015. Previously he was CEO of the Energy business area. Before joining DNV GL he worked in senior positions for Amoco and then BHP Billiton. 

An experienced energy executive he has managed the world’s largest renewables consultancy, the world’s most powerful grid testing laboratories, major capex projects in the Middle East, large oil & gas production facilities in the North Sea, and been an exploration geologist. His current role sees him heading up DNV GL’s strategy process, mergers & acquisitions, research & development, and sustainability units. David holds a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc (Distinction) from Imperial College, London.

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