28 August 2015

Hans Petter Eikeland appointed new CEO

The Board of Directors in Bergen Group ASA has appointed Hans Petter Eikeland as new CEO with effect as from 28 August 2015.

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Hans Petter Eikeland (picture above) is appointed for a period until 1 July 2016. Eikeland succeeds Asle Solheim.

“The Board is very pleased with Hans Petter Eikeland taking over as CEO as of today. Eikeland has an industrial understanding and vigor that will be important in the restructuring phase taking place in the group related to close up the finalized rig projects, together with ensuring a sound basis for profitable growth in the continuing operations”, says chairman Tor Lars Onarheim.

Eikeland was in May this year engaged as COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Group to strengthen the Group's operational management capacity to facilitate growth for the sale of rig activity, and thus knows the group well.

“Bergen Group is currently in a phase with many demanding challenges and exciting opportunities. The remaining competence and capacity of the group gives in my opinion a good foundation for long-term growth on profitable terms”, says CEO Hans Petter Eikeland.

Eikeland has an extensive experience from various leadership positions within offshore related business. He has been CEO in Ability Drilling ASA, Rig Manager and VP Operations in Odfjell Drilling and Rig Manager in Smedvig Drilling. As an investor and entrepreneur, he has extensive experience in restructuring the development of industrial companies, including as one of the founders of the listed company AGR, and as 50% owner of Safeguard Group which during just a few years multiplied the turnover before the company last year were purchased by the international group Assa Abloy.

Hans Petter Eikeland is from Bergen where he also resides with his family.

Chairman Tor Lars Onarheim, tel. +47 934 64 535 
CEO Hans Petter Eikeland, tel. +47 932 08 177