Statoil names Chief Operating Officer

Norwegian oil company Statoil has appointed Anders Opedal as executive vice president who will take a new position as chief operating officer (COO) in the Corporate executive committee (CEC) on 1 April.

Opedal will be responsible the corporate improvement programs and for driving operational efficiency across Statoils business areas.

“I am pleased to announce that Anders assumes this new position in the CEC. He will be a driving force in our effort to further improve the safety and efficiency of our operations. I really look forward to his contribution to develop a highly profitable, competitive and resilient Statoil”, says President and CEO Eldar Sætre.

Anders Opedal comes from the position as senior vice president of Projects in Statoil’s business area Technology, Projects and Drilling, were he since 2010 have been responsible for Statoil’s approximately NOK 300 billion project portfolio. Previously he has held a range of positions in drilling and well, procurement and projects. Anders Opedal joined Statoil in 1997 as a petroleum engineer in the Statfjord operations.

“We must prepare for challenging times ahead. Uncertainty and volatility will remain a key part of our business environment. Against this backdrop, I have decided to establish a COO-role to drive our corporate wide efforts to strengthen safe and efficient operations across Statoil. The current line accountability for the safe, efficient and reliable operation of our assets remains unchanged” says Sætre.

“The COO will play a key role in the further development of Statoil. I want Anders to lead the process of reviewing the corporate operating model with emphasis on simplification and efficiency,” says President and CEO Eldar Sætre.

Opedal has an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and an engineering degree from NTH. He lives in Sandnes, Norway.

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