Norway: Management Changes in Aker Solutions


Per Harald Kongelf (photo) has been appointed executive vice president (EVP) for the Energy Development & Services (ED&S) business area in Aker Solutions with immediate effect.

He replaces Jarle Tautra who will continue to work for Aker Solutions as a special advisor to the CEO. Kongelf comes from the position as executive vice president for Products & Technologies (P&T).

“I am very pleased that Per Harald Kongelf has accepted to take on the role of leading ED&S. His leadership qualities and experience from major field developments make him the right man for the job,” says Øyvind Eriksen, executive chairman of Aker Solutions.

Per Harald Kongelf has 25 years experience from the oil and gas industry, including senior positions in several major North Sea field developments such as Snorre, Sleipner A, Visund and Åsgard.

“Jarle Tautra has done a remarkable job for Aker Solutions. I look forward to work closely with him and to benefit from his considerable capacity to drive strategic projects that are of vital interest to the company,” says Øyvind Eriksen.

The strategic direction for ED&S remains unchanged, and the process of preparing a split of ED&S into separate units for Field Development (FD) and Maintenance, Modifications & Operations (MMO) continues. In this new organisation, Tore Sjursen will lead the new MMO, while Kongelf will continue to lead FD.

“I am pleased to announce that Tore Sjursen will become part of the executive management team and further develop the MMO business in the North Sea region. He will work closely with Stian Vemmestad who leads the current MMO business. Going forward, high-value service concepts will play an increasingly important role in this business”, Eriksen comments.

Tore Sjursen has been with Aker Solutions for nearly 24 years in different positions in field development and maintenance, modifications and operations, most recently as head of ED&S International in Australia.

In the P&T business area, Thor Arne Håverstad, president of Aker MH, takes over the operational responsibility for all drilling equipment businesses. He will report directly to the CEO. The remaining businesses within P&T, Process systems and Pusnes, will continue to report to Per Harald Kongelf in an interim period.

Source:Akersolutions , October 12, 2010;

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