Board of Directors

Kvaerner's Board of Directors consists of eight directors.

Five are elected by the shareholders, and three are elected by and among the employees.

Leif-Arne Langøy, Chairman

Leif-Arne LangøyLeif-Arne Langøy (born 1956) is chairman of the board for DNV GL Group AS and Sparebanken Møre. Mr Langøy has gained senior executive experience from several companies, including as President & CEO of Aker Yards and Aker ASA. Mr Langøy has extensive experience as the chairman of non-executive boards from a number of different industrial companies. Mr Langøy holds M.Sc. in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. He holds 44 827 shares in Kværner ASA through a privately owned company, and has no stock options. Mr Langøy is a Norwegian citizen.

Jan Arve Haugan, Director

Jan Arve Haugan (born 1957) is CEO in Aker Energy. Mr. Haugan started his professional career in the Norwegian construction company F. Selmer (now Skanska) and worked as project consultant in Terra Mar Project Management before he joined the Norwegian industrial conglomerate Norsk Hydro as chief engineer in 1991. He served in several leading positions in Hydro’s oil and gas projects and operations as well as in Hydro’s aluminium business. From 2007 to 2009 he was director of Technology and Global Smelter Operations. In 2009 he became CEO of Qatar Aluminium Ltd (Qatalum), a 50/50 joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Hydro Aluminium. Qatalum is one of the largest primary aluminium plants built in one phase. Mr. Haugan was Hydro’s project owner and technology provider for Qatalum in Hydro, before joining Qatalum as CEO. Mr. Haugan was President & CEO of Kvaerner ASA from 2011 to 2018, when he stepped down to assume his current role as CEO of Aker Energy AS. Jan Arve Haugan holds a M.Sc. in construction management from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Mr. Haugan and related parties hold 194 843 shares in Kværner ASA. Mr. Haugan is a Norwegian citizen. 

 Kjell Inge Røkke, Director

Kjell Inge Røkke (born 1958) is an entrepreneur and industrialist, and has been a driving force in the development of Aker since the 1990's. Through his company The Resource Group TRG AS, Mr Røkke owns 68.18 percent of Aker ASA which owns 70 percent of Aker Kværner Holding AS, which again owns 41.02 percent of Kværner ASA. He is chairman of Aker ASA and is board member of Aker BP ASA, Ocean Yield ASA and several privately held companies. He holds no shares in Kværner ASA, and has no stock options. Mr Røkke is a Norwegian citizen.


Thorhild Widvey, Director

Thorhild Widvey (born 1956) was Minister of culture from 2013 to 2015 and Minster of Petroleum and Energy from 2004 to 2005. Ms Widvey was state secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2004 and in the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries from 2002 to 2003. Prior to this she was a Member of Parliament (Stortinget) from 1989 to 1997, representing Høyre (the Conservative Party of Norway). Ms Widvey is chair of the Board in Statkraft AS; and has previous held a number of board positions both in privately and stock listed companies, including e.g. Hitec Vision AS (2006 to 2015); ENI Norway AS (2007 to 2015), Aker Drilling ASA (2005 to 2006), Oslo Havn KF (2012 to 2015) and Aker Philadelphia Shipyard AS (2011 to 2015) and Sjømannskirken (Norwegian Church Abroad) (2006 to 2015). Ms Widvey holds no shares in Kværner ASA, and has no stock options. Ms Widvey is a Norwegain citizen.

Lone Fønss Schrøder, Director

Ms Fønss Schrøder previously served as Director on the Board of Kværner ASA from 2011–2013. She has held several senior management positions in A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S, was CEO and president of Wallenius Lines AB, and has board experience from e.g Aker Solutions ASA, Akastor ASA, Volvo AB, Vattenfall AB, and Ikea group. She is chair of Saxo Bank, senior advisor for Credit Suisse and developper and co-ower of FinTech. She is chair of the audit committee in Akastor ASA, Volvo AB and Valmet OY. Ms Fønss Schrøder is Master in laws, LL.M. from the University of Copenhagen, and is economist from Copenhagen Business School. She holds no shares in Kværner ASA, and has no stock options. Ms Fønss Schrøder is a Danish citizen.

Rune Rafdal, Director

Rune Rafdal (born 1963) was elected by the employees of Kvaerner to the Board of Directors in June 2011. Mr Rafdal has been employed by Kvaerner since 1980 and has been a local union representative for Aker Stord AS and Kværner Stord AS on a full-time basis since 1996, a group union leader since 2005 and served several periods on the boards of Aker Stord AS and Aker Kværner Stord AS during the period between 2000 and 2011. Mr Rafdal is a sheet metal worker and holds a certificate of apprenticeship in the sheet metal discipline. He holds 6 329 shares in Kværner ASA, and has no stock options. Mr Rafdal is a Norwegian citizen.

Ståle Knoff Johansen, Director

Ståle K. Johansen (born 1968) was elected by the employees of Kvaerner to the Board of Directors in June 2011. Mr Johansen has been employed by Kvaerner since 1986 and has been a local union representative for Aker Verdal AS and Kværner Verdal AS on a full-time basis since 2010 and served on the boards of Aker Verdal AS and Kvaerner Verdal AS. Mr Johansen is a welder and sheet metal worker and holds a certificate of apprenticeship in the welding discipline. He holds 10 381 shares in Kværner ASA, and has no stock options. Mr Johansen is a Norwegian citizen.

 

Line Småge Breidablikk, Director

Line Småge Breidablikk (born 1985) was elected by the employees of Kvaerner to the Board of Directors in May 2019. Ms Breidablikk has been employed by Kvaerner since 2012, served as local union representative at Kværner at Stord from 2013 and as local union chair since 2016. She is a group union representative for white-collar employees on a half-time basis. Ms Breidablikk holds a M.Sc. within Marine Technology from the Department of Marine Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She holds 831 shares in Kværner ASA, and has no stock options. Ms Breidablikk is a Norwegian citizen.