8 March 2017

Appointed in permanent positions

Hans Petter Eikeland and Nils Hoff have both agreed to take permanent positions as respectively CEO and CFO in Bergen Group ASA when their current period of involvement expires in June 2017.

Hans Petter Eikeland

“The Board of Bergen Group ASA is very pleased with the acceptance from Eikeland and Hoff to continue in permanent roles after the current period of involvement expires. The contribution from these two has been crucial for the successful outcome of the difficult refinancing and restructuring process which was completed in December 2016. The Board is confident that these two are key persons to further develop the company according to our growth strategy” says Chairman Tor Onarheim in Bergen Group ASA.

Eikeland was engaged as CEO of Bergen Group ASA in August 2015 in order to lead the company through a difficult restructuring phase and establish a foundation for profitable growth in the Group’s continuing operations. Nils Hoff was at the same time engaged as CFO, also in a time-limited period of involvement in order to contribute in the restructuring and refinancing process.

Hans Petter Eikeland is looking forward to manage Bergen Group from a permanent position as CEO, together with CFO Nils Hoff and the nearly 150 other employees in the Group.

“I'm proud to continue working with employees who have proven their skills to deliver profitable operational activities also in challenging times. These employees are skilled professionals with ambitions to do their utmost to further develop the company. Bergen Group now has a solid platform on which to create an exciting future that I believe will be characterized by a profitable growth”, says Eikeland who during the past year has taken an investment position as the company’s number four shareholder. As per date, he holds 4.64 million shares in Bergen Group ASA through the company Eikeland Holding AS.

CEO Hans Petter Eikeland has an extensive experience from various leadership positions within offshore related activities. He has been CEO of Ability Drilling ASA, Rig Manager and VP Operations in Odfjell Drilling and Rig Manager in Smedvig Drilling. As an investor and industrial entrepreneur, he has extensive experience in restructuring and development of industrial companies.

CFO Nils Ingemund Hoff has broad experience from various leading positions in both finance and industry. He has been CFO of Tandberg Data (2008-2014), CFO of Tandberg Storage (2006 - 2008) and CFO of Data Invest (1998-2006). Hoff also has extensive board experience, including current position as board director of the listed company Norske Skog ASA. Hoff has per date, through the company Eagle AS, a total holding of 417,000 shares in Bergen Group ASA.

Contact persons:
Chairman Tor Lars Onarheim, tel. +47 934 64 535
CEO Hans Petter Eikeland, tel. +47 932 08 177
CFO Nils Hoff, tel. +47 930 92 346