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Corporate management


Odfjell Drilling’s corporate management team has been assembled to provide the firm with the optimum combination of relevant skills, business acumen and extensive industry experience.


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Simen Lieungh, CEO Odfjell Drilling

Mr. Lieungh (born 1960) was appointed CEO of Odfjell Drilling in 2010. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University in Trondheim (NTNU). He has held various senior management positions in the oil and gas industry and was previously CEO of Aker Solutions. Mr Lieungh holds 952.381 shares in the Company.


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Atle Sæbø, CFO

Mr. Sæbø (born 1956) holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He has previously held key positions within Fred. Olsen Offshore, Geco and Nevi Corporate. Mr. Sæbø began working with Odfjell Drilling in 1993.


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Michael Boysen Nielsen, Chief Commercial Officer & EVP

Michael Boysen Nielsen (born 1967) holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing from Copenhagen Business School and exams in Strategy and Management from IMD Business School and London Business School. He has worked more than 20 years as business development and marketing professional in Maersk and Ocean Rig. Before joining Odfjell Drilling in 2015, Michael Boysen Nielsen was Senior vice president, Contracts & Marketing of Ocean Rig.


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Jone Torstensen, EVP Chief of Staff

Mr. Torstensen (born 1961) is educated in Business Administration at Stavanger University College and the University of Bergen. During 18 years with Aker Kværner and Aker Solutions Mr. Torstensen held various management positions in finance, project management and business development. Mr. Torstensen joined Odfjell Drilling in 2012.


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Janike A. Myre, SVP QHSE

Mrs. Myre (born 1962) is a business graduate from the Norwegian Business School (BI), where she has completed Master programs, as well as executive management courses. Mrs. Myre has more than 28 years experience from leading positions in Gulf, Chevron, Sonat Offshore and Transocean. She has been with Odfjell Drilling since 2002. Mrs Myre holds 3.454 shares in the company. Split position 50% Corporate and 50% MODU.


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Bengt A. Olsen, SVP Communication and Information

Mr. Olsen (born 1956) holds a degree in Personnel Administration and Marketing Management from the Norwegian School of Management and Business Administration (NHH). He has more than 35 years experience from the shipping and offshore industry. Mr. Olsen has been with Odfjell Drilling since 1979. Mr Olsen holds 1.151 shares in the company.


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Kurt Werner Holsæter, SVP HR

Mr. Holsæter is an officer from the Norwegian Army, a registered nurse from the national school of nursing and has college education within innovation, IT and technology. Mr. Holsæter served 15 years in the army in varous administrative and management positions. Prior to joining Odfjell Drilling, Mr. Holsæter has been a part of the management team in NOV Norway with strategic and operational responsibility for HR in Norway, Denmark and Poland.


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Per Lund, CTO/Digital transformation

Mr. Lund (born 1971) holds a Master of Science in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has a broad background from the oilfield industry in roles related to technology development, project and operational management, business development and management, in Norway and internationally. Mr. Lund joined Odfjell Drilling in 2013 as EVP OWS. Prior to this he held managerial positions in NCA and Oceaneering. Split position 25% Corporate and 75% MODU.


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Kjetil Gjersdal, EVP MODU

Mr. Gjersdal (born 1970) has 20 years experience in the drilling and well industry. After joining Odfjell Drilling in 2000, he has held various positions within Operations Management, such as Rig manager, Operations Manager and SVP MODU International. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine & Offshore technology from Ålesund University College.


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Ole Fredrik Maier, EVP Platform Drilling

Mr. Maier (born 1967) holds a Bachelor degree in engineering and finance & administration from Vestfold University College, Norway. He has held various offshore positions in the drilling industry and held the position as regional manager in the UK since 2012. Mr. Maier joined Odfjell Drilling in 2002.


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Kurt Meinert Fjell, EVP Odfjell Drilling Technology

Mr. Fjell (born 1974) holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bergen University College. In addition to his degree, he has also studied project management and leadership. He has 20 years of experience from the offshore industry and has been working in Odfjell Drilling since 2002.


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George Taggart, EVP OWS

Mr Taggart (born 1966) has 29 years’ experience in the drilling systems and equipment industry and joined the company in October 2017. Prior to joining Odfjell Well Services Mr Taggart spent almost 20 years with Aker Solutions and MHWirth in business development, operations and regional management positions and on international assignments in UK, Norway, Caspian, USA and Middle East. Mr Taggart has technical qualifications in electrical & mechanical engineering.