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Norwegian shifts management line-up

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Shipping expert appointed as new chief financial officer

Norwegian has made several changes to its group management line-up since the start of the year, including a new chief financial officer.

Geir Karlsen, 52, is the airline’s new CFO, coming from a position as CFO at the London-based shipping company Navig8 Group with “extensive experience from listed companies within shipping and offshore”, Norwegian says.

Karlsen has held similar positions over the last 12 years with international companies such as Golden Ocean Group and Songa Offshore. He has a degree in business administration from BI Norwegian Business School.

“I look forward to becoming a part of the top management at one of Norway’s most international growth companies and to take part in its ambitious growth plans,” he said.

Tore Østby, who has acted as chief financial officer since last July, continues in the group management in a new position as executive vice president for strategic development.

Østby, who also has a degree from BI Norwegian Business School, has 15 years of experience in the financial sector as senior analyst and analyst manager plus seven years of experience from the Orkla Group conglomerate.

“Norway’s most exciting job”
The third change is on the IT side, through the appointment of Kurt Simonsen, 59, as the new chief information officer. He has “long and broad experience from major change and digitisation processes”, Norwegian points out, and has for the last 17 years been a partner and co-owner of the consulting company Infocom Group.

“The role as CIO at Norwegian is in my opinion the most exciting job opportunity in Norway today,” Simonsen claimed. “Norwegian is a company where IT is key to the operation and with its ambitious growth plans in an increasingly digitalised world, I look forward to bringing my experience to the table.”

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