GROUP MANAGEMENT

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Knut Nesse
Chief Executive Officer

Knut Nesse lives in Bryne, Norway. He holds a MBA from the Norwegian school of economics and business administration (NHH) and is on the Board of several companies. Previous roles includes extensive CEO experience from international leading company. 6 years as CEO of Skretting Group (part of Nutreco)  (2006 – 2012) and 6 years as CEO of Nutreco (2012 – 2018). Nutreco is a global animal nutrition and fish feed company. Mr Nesse was elected to the Board of Directors at the general meeting May 9th 2019.
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Ronny Meinkøhn
Chief Financial Officer

Ronny Meinkøhn joined AKVA group in August 2020. He came from Apply where he held the position as CFO for the past six years. Ronny started his career as an auditor in EY in 2003.
Ronny holds an MSc in Finance from Norwegian School of Economics. He lives in Klepp, Norway.
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Erlend Sødal
Chief Operating Officer Cage Based Nordic

Erlend Sødal joined AKVA group in May 2020. He came from Skretting/Nutreco where he held various senior management positions. He was Managing Director of Skretting Norway for 8 years, and Managing Director of Cluster Norway, UK and Australia for 3 years. During the Skretting time Erlend also acted as Skretting global Operations Director for two periods. Erlend was also member of the board of directors of the Norwegian Seafood federation for 4 years. He holds a MSC in Industrial economics and a MBA of Technology from NTNU/MIT.
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Per Andreas Hjetland
Chief Commercial Officer Cage Based Nordic

Per Andreas Hjetland (b. 1961), has been employed with AKVA group ASA since 2008 where he was COO from September 2010 until August 2018. In August 2018 he assumed the position as Senior Vice President, International Business Development. Prior to joining AKVA group, he held several senior positions with international companies. His professional background covers industrial technologies, and he also brings with him extensive experience in business operations, sales & marketing.  Per Andreas’ academic background was gained at the Technical School of Stavanger. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Stavanger, Norway.
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Andrew Campbell
COO International

Andrew Campbell (b. 1966), joined the AKVA group in 2000, and has been General Manager in Chile since 2006. From 1989-2000, he worked as a Production Manager in the salmon industry in New Zealand for the New Zealand Salmon Company Ltd. Andrew holds a bachelor of science degree from New Zealand’s Victoria University, and is a New Zealand citizen. 
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Espen Fredrik Staubo
Chief Innovation Officer

Espen Fredrik Staubo (b. 1961) assumed the position as CIO in March 2019. Prior to joining AKVA group, he was the CTO of Elopak, an international supplier of paper based packaging solutions for liquid food. He has extensive management experience from a number of international businesses and industries. Between 1997 and 2005 he worked for Stolt Sea Farm, including four years as President for the company’s European division. He has also been the CEO of the US based aquaculture company Low Salinity, where he was hired to build up the company’s land based seafood production. Espen Fredrik holds a Dr. of Science degree in Nuclear Physics from the University of Bergen. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway. 
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Morten Nielsen
Chief Operating Officer Land Based

Morten Nielsen (b. 1964), assumed the position as COO in August 2016. Prior to this position, Morten has held the position as CEO and founder of Aquatec Solutions A/S since 2004. During his 20 year long career he also has experience as R&D Manager and Operations Manager for DIAT/Cimbria Aquatec. Morten holds a Master of Science in Aquaculture from Aalborg University. He is a Danish citizen and resides in Egtved, Denmark.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Hans Kristian Mong
Chairman

Hans Kristian Mong lives in Egersund, Norway. He is Chairman of the board in Egersund Group. In addition he holds Chairman positions in several companies, including Egersund Net and Egersund Trål. Mr Mong was elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting May 9th 2012.
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Anne Breiby
Deputy Chairperson

Anne Breiby lives in Ålesund, Norway. She holds a Cand. scient degree in Fishery biology from Tromsø University. She held positions in the Norwegian Fishfarmer’s Association and the Regional Fishery Administration before serving as a Political advisor for the Minister of Fishery, Political advisor for fishery and industry matters in Parliament and Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Industry and Energy. She has broad experience from serving as a Board member for several companies and institutions. Amongst these are Domstein ASA, Ulstein group ASA, Folketrygdfondet, Sparebanken Møre, Innovation Norway, Norwegian Research Council, Rem ASA, Kongsberg Satellite Service AS, Scandinavian Business Seating AS and Fiskeribladet Fiskaren AS. Mrs. Breiby was elected to the Board of Directors at the general meeting September 25th 2006.
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Anthony James
Board member

Anthony James lives in Chester, England. He is Chief Investment Officer in Wheatsheaf. He joined Wheatsheaf from Grosvenor, where he spent five years as Group Corporate Finance Director. Prior to Grosvenor, Anthony was Head of Energy & Natural Resources M&A at KPMG Corporate Finance where he led a wide range of acquisition, disposal and other strategic advisory assignments across the sector. His previous roles have included senior finance and corporate development positions at Philips Electronics, both in the Netherlands and China. Mr. James was elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting May 8th 2015.
 
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Kristin Reitan Husebø
Board Member

Kristin Reitan Husebø lives in Stavanger, Norway. She currently works as general manager for Greater Stavanger Economic Development. Previously she has held senior positions in Mercuri Urval, Stavanger Aftenblad, Prekubator Technology Transfer Office, Stavanger Helseforskning, Equinor ASA and SR-Finans. Kristin holds a Master in Management from the Norwegian Business School (BI). In addition, she has also attended an Executive Board program at the Scandinavian Executive Institute and INSEAD. Mrs. Reitan Husebø was elected to the Board of Directors at the general meeting May 9th 2019.
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Frode Teigen
Board member

Frode Teigen lives in Egersund, Norway. He is a private investor and is on the Board of several Norwegian companies. Mr. Teigen was elected Board Member at the Annual General Meeting June 10th 2009.
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Odd Jan Håland
Employee’s representative

Odd Jan Håland lives in Nærbø. He joined AKVA group ASA in 2010 as the service and aftersales manager, responsible for all service stations in the Nordic region. During this period, the department has grown from 11 to 43 people, and number of service stations has increased from 3 to 6. Odd Jan has previous experience from Prima Jæren AS, where he was key account manager in the period from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Haaland was elected as employee representative in October 2018.
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Hanne Cecilie Pettersen
Employee’s representative

Hanne Cecilie Pettersen lives in Egersund, Norway. She has been employed in Egersund Net since 2007 where she works as production employee with production of Nets. Mrs. Pettersen was elected as employee representative in October 2018.

 
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John Morten Kristiansen
Employee's representative

John M. Kristiansen lives in Mo i Rana. He joined Helgeland Plast AS in 2016 as a warehouse employee. In Helgeland Plast AS John Morten is the elected trustee of the labor union. John Morten has previous experience from Celca warehouse in Mo Industripark. Mr. Kristiansen was elected as employee representative in October 2018.