Odfjell Drilling Ltd has adopted a corporate governance regime with reference to the Norwegian Code of Practice for Corporate Governance dated 23 October 2012.

The objective of the Corporate Governance Code is that companies listed on Norwegian regulated markets shall practice corporate governance that regulates the division of roles between shareholders, the board of directors and executive management more comprehensively than is required by legislation. Good corporate governance will strengthen confidence in companies and help to ensure the greatest possible value creation over time in the best interests of shareholders, employees and other stakeholders.

Odfjell Drilling Ltd annually publishes a corporate governance report describing the company’s compliance with the Corporate Governance Code. Please refer to the Annual report under the “Reports and presentations” section.

Corporate management

Kjetil Gjersdal

Chief Executive Officer

Employed since 2000, appointed to the position as CEO of Odfjell Drilling AS in March 2022. Mr. Gjersdal holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine & Offshore technology from Ålesund University College. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the drilling and well industry. Since joining Odfjell Drilling, he has held various positions within Operations and Rig Management, such as Rig Manager, VP MODU Operations, SVP MODU International and EVP MODU.

Frode Syslak

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Syslak holds a master’s degree from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He joined Odfjell Drilling in 2005 and has broad capital markets experience from various roles within group finance. He held the position of Vice President Finance from 2011 until assuming his current role as Chief Financial Officer of Odfjell Drilling AS in March 2022.

Jakob Korsgaard

Chief Operating Officer

Appointed Chief Operating Officer for Odfjell Drilling AS in February 2023. Mr. Korsgaard has a background from 30 years with Maersk Drilling and has broad experience within the global drilling industry, particularly in Norway, UK, Egypt and UAE, serving various management positions including HR, Commercial and Operational leadership positions.

Diane Stephen

General Manager

Appointed General Manager for Odfjell Drilling Ltd. in 2021, following two years service in Odfjell Drilling. Ms. Stephen holds an MA Hons degree in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in oil and gas services. She has had several financial management positions in her career, including a period in the US. Prior to joining Odfjell Drilling, she worked as Finance Director of Petrofac in the UK. Ms. Stephen also has responsibility for Global Business Services in the UK.

Michael Boysen Nielsen

Michael Boysen Nielsen

Chief Commercial Officer, Business Development

Employed since 2015, appointed to current position in 2015. Michael Boysen Nielsen 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 more than 20 years’ experience in business development and marketing obtained whilst working for Maersk and Ocean Rig. Before joining Odfjell Drilling, Mr Nielsen was Senior Vice President, Contracts & Marketing of Ocean Rig.

Janike A Myre

Janike A. Myre

Senior Vice President, QHSE

Employed since 2002, appointed to current position in 2011. Ms. Myre is a business graduate from BI Norwegian Business School, and has completed master programs as well as executive management courses at BI. Ms. Myre has more than 33 years’ experience gained from leading positions in Gulf, Chevron, Sonat Offshore and Transocean.

Helge Maubach

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Helge Maubach was appointed as Senior Vice President of HR for Odfjell Drilling in August 2023. Helge previously worked for the company from 2006 to 2011 as HR Manager for MODU International and then rejoined in 2014 as the VP of HR for MODU. He holds an advanced degree in Social Studies from the University of Stavanger and a master’s certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University. His past experience here, as well as at Smedvig Offshore and Ocean Rig, provides him with a good understanding of both our industry and organisation.

Håkon Klepsvik

Håkon Klepsvik

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Klepsvik was appointed CTO in March 2022 after serving as VP Asset Manager, responsible for the company’s fleet renewal and improvement program, for more than a decade. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the company in both the operations and technology management divisions. Mr. Klepsvik was educated in Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

Cecilie Gjelsvik

Cecilie Isdahl Gjelsvik

General Counsel

Ms. Gjelsvik holds a Master of Laws (LL.M./cand. jur.) from the University of Bergen. After graduating, Ms. Gjelsvik worked as a corporate lawyer for Advokatfirmaet Schjødt for seven years until joining Odfjell Drilling in 2012. She has broad experience within oil and gas law, contract law, general corporate law and M&A. Ms. Gjelsvik was appointed General Counsel of Odfjell Drilling in 2017.

Erik Askvik

Director Odfjell Drilling Malta

Mr. Askvik has served as General Manager for the Group’s rig owning entities since 2013 and has previously held a number of positions in the company including EVP Operations and EVP Business Development. Mr Askvik holds a B.Sc in Petroleum and Drilling Engineering and has been with the company since 1986.

A reputable management with more than 110 years of combined industry experience and an average tenure in Odfjell Drilling of more than 10 years.

Board of directors

Simen Lieungh

Non-Executive Chair of the Board

Simen Lieungh (born 1960) was appointed as Chair of the Board of Odfjell Drilling in 2022. Prior to this, Mr. Lieungh held the position as Chief Executive Officer of Odfjell Drilling Group since 2010. Mr. Lieungh also held the position as CEO and President of Aker Solutions ASA between October 2007 – July 2010, in addition to holding various senior management positions within the oil and gas industry. Mr. Lieungh has more than 20 years of experience in working with large field development projects in all phases of development, from conceptual studies to completion and delivery of complete installations. Before joining Aker Solutions, Mr. Lieungh was a research scientist with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Mr. Lieungh is a graduate of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Helene Odfjell

Non-Executive Director

Helene Odfjell (born 1965) has a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), a Master of Business Administration from London Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mrs. Odfjell has many years of experience in business and management. She has been a Director of Odfjell Drilling Ltd since September 2013.

Harald Thorstein

Non-Executive Director

Harald Thorstein (born 1979) is partner of the London based advisory firm Arkwright London Partners LLP and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jacktel AS and B2 Impact ASA, and Director of DOF Group ASA and Yara ASA. Previously he has held positions in Seatankers, DnB Markets, and Arkwright Norway. Harald has extensive board experience including, AcquaShip AS, Altus Intervention, Archer, Deep Sea Supply, Solstad Offshore, Seadrill and Seadrill Partners, SFL Corp, Northern Offshore, Golden Ocean and Aktiv Kapital. Harald studied at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science where he received a Master of Science Industrial Economics and Technology Management.

Knut Hatleskog

Non-Executive Director

Knut Hatleskog (born in 1969) has an extensive career in banking and finance, where he was Senior Vice President and later a Managing Director at Nordea Bank. Further, during his time at Nordea Bank, Mr Hatleskog was also Global Head of Offshore and Oil Services. Currently, he serves on the board of Jaco Invest AS and Marine Capital AS and was previously a member of the board of OMP Capital AS. He also works for Galbraith’s Limited, where he is involved in various shipping and offshore projects. Mr Hatleskog has an MA from the University of St. Andrews and completed the Nordea Strategic Leadership Program arranged by the London Business School.

Audit Committee

Harald Thorstein, Chair
Helene Odfjell

The Audit Committee shall assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities concerning the company and the group in respect of:

(i) understanding, assessing, and monitoring business risks and financial risks
(ii) monitoring annual and interim financial reporting
(iii) overseeing internal control and external audit activities
(iv) overseeing legal and regulatory compliance
(v) assessing the performance of internal control and external auditors


Corporate Bye-Laws regulate the organization to which they apply and are concerned with the operation of the organization, setting out the form, manner or procedure in which Odfjell Drilling should be run. Odfjell Drilling Bye-Laws are drafted by the directors under the authority of its Charter.

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Tax strategy

The overall aim for the Group is to support its business by maintaining a sustainable tax rate, while mitigating tax risks and complying with rules and regulations in the applicable jurisdictions in which Odfjell Drilling operates


Executive Remuneration Policy

This policy governs the framework for the remuneration of executives in the Odfjell Drilling Ltd group in accordance with section 6-16a of the Norwegian Public Limited Liability Companies Act.

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