Board of directors

Stellar competence, vast experience and positive mindsets – that’s what you’ll find at our helm.

Harald Espedal (born 1972)
Chairman of the board

Harald Espedal is a graduate from The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in economics with additional studies in auditing. Today he is the Chairman of Lyse AS, Sandnes Sparebank, Espedal & CO AS, Deputy Chair in Stavanger Concert Hall, and Board member in Aaspelin Ramm and The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Espedal has a long career within the Finance and Investment industry including as CEO and Investor Director for SKAGEN and Investment Director for Vesta.

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Frank O. Reite (born 1970)
Board member

Frank O. Reite first joined Aker in 1995 and was CFO in Aker ASA from August 2015 until August 2019. He came from the position of President & CEO of Akastor and has previously held a variety of executive positions in the Aker group, including overseeing and developing Aker’s investments in Converto Capital Fund AS, Havfisk AS, Norway Seafoods AS and Aker Yards ASA. Frank O. Reite has experience from banking and has served as Director in Paine & Partners. Frank O. Reite holds a B.A. in business administration from Handelshøyskolen BI in Oslo.

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Ingrid Kylstad (born 1985)
Board member

Ingrid Kylstad is currently COO in Katapult Ocean, a seed fund and accelerator for start-ups working with sustainable, ocean based solutions. Her background is in international policy and regulatory affairs. Before joining Katapult Ocean in 2018, Kylstad spent nearly four years with the Norwegian Shipowners Association, predominantly working with EU and climate policy. Prior to that she worked several years in an EU public affairs company in Brussels, advising Norwegian companies on regulatory issues.

Kylstad graduated with an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009 and has a BSc in Liberal Arts from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. She has also completed a management program at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

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Thorhild Widvey (born 1956)
Board member

Thorhild Widvey 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). She was a board member of Kværner ASA (2016-2020) and continue as member of the board of Aker Solutions after the merger with Kværner (2020-).

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Ellen Solstad (born 1974)
Board member

Mrs. Solstad holds a bachelor’s degree from BI. She has previous work experience from R.G Hagland AS and Solstad Offshore UK Ltd. Mrs. Solstad is currently Chairman of Solstad Family Office and a board member of Wilson ASA, Solvang ASA and Karmsund Interkommunale Havnevesen IKS.

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Peder Sortland (born 1963)
Board member

Peder Sortland, currently the CEO North Sea Infrastructure AS (NSI), has almost 30 years’ experience from the oil & gas industry. Prior to NSI, Sortland held roles as the CEO of Global Maritime Group, Apply Group and Ross Offshore/Subsea Technology Group and as Regional Vice President for Subsea 7 in Norway. Sortland spent 18 years in Equinor up to Senior Vice President level, predominantly in areas of business development, commercial negotiations and strategy work. Sortland has a business education on MBA level from University of Wyoming and is a Fullbright Scholar.

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