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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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Simon Nyquist Martinsen
Chief Financial Officer

Simon Nyquist Martinsen (b. 1969), assumed the position as CFO in February 2017. Prior to joining AKVA group, he was CFO of Constructor Group, a pan-European provider of storage solutions. He has extensive experience both as a financial as well as an operational executive. He has also served as acting CEO of Constructor Group, and has held several positions within the Aker group, including Norway Seafoods ASA. He spent the first years of his career with KPMG. Simon holds a Master in Accounting and Auditing from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and is qualified as a State Authorized Public Accountant in Norway. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Bærum, Norway.
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Per Andreas Hjetland
Senior Vice President International Business Development

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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Svein Jørgen Fuglesang
Senior Vice President Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Svein Jørgen Fuglesang (b. 1969), assumed the position as SVP in July 2017. Prior to joining AKVA group, he was responsible for global manufacturing in Aker Solutions Subsea. He has extensive experience as operational executive in various supply chain and manufacturing environments. He has experience from multiple industries, including chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, foodstuff, management consulting, logistics and Oil&Gas. Svein Jørgen holds a Master in Chemical Engineering with Process Biotechnology from University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway.
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Espen Fredrik Staubo
Chief Technology Officer

Espen Fredrik Staubo (b. 1961) assumed the position as CTO 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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Hans Øyvind Sagen
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Nordic

Hans-Øyvind Sagen (b. 1962), assumed the position as SVP in August 2018. Prior to this position he held the position as Sales Director Nordic CBT since he joined AKVA group in July 2017. Mr. Sagen has more than 25 years of senior management experience from a variety of different industries, including extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing. Mr. Sagen holds a Cand.Mag. in Strategic Management and Marketing from University of Stavanger (UiS). He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Sandnes, Norway.
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Morten Nielsen
Chief Operations 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.
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Inge Forseth
Chief Operations Officer Software

Inge Forseth (b. 1971), joined AKVA group in 2014. His professional background includes national and international managerial positions in companies like Eltek, Autronica and Glen Dimplex. He holds extensive experience from a range of technological fields, covering both the hardware as well as the software area. Inge holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Trondheim, Norway.
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Andrew Campbell
Regional President, Americas & Australasia

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 with permanent residency in Chile.
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David Thorburn
Regional President, Europe & Middle East

David Thorburn (b.1960) joined AKVA group in 2008. Prior to that he had been General Manager of Idema Aqua UK  and Europe operations. He has been involved in the aquaculture industry for nearly 30 years. He has managed projects with companies working on both landbased and  cage aquaculture on a global scale. His early career was  as a Service Manager in Anadrill Schlumberger in the  oil industry travelling extensively working on international projects. It was at this time that he  first became interested in the aquaculture industry. David is a Scottish citizen and resides in Nairn near Inverness.
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Geir Henning Risholm
Senior Vice President Service & Net Manufacturing

Geir Henning Risholm (b. 1963), assumed the position as SVP in January 2019. Risholm has been Managing Director of Egersund Net from 2010 through 2018 and entered AKVA group after its acquisition of Egersund Net. He has over 25 years’ experience from the maritime industry, having worked with companies such as Kongsberg Group and Simrad (later Navico). Geir Henning Risholm is educated within electronics and automation, combined with various management and economic related courses. Throughout his career he has gained extensive international management experience. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Egersund, Norway.


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Hans Kristian Mong

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.