Torstein Dale Sjøtveit has been appointed new president and CEO for Aker Yards ASA. Sjøtveit comes from the global industrial company Norsk Hydro, and brings a strong international top management experience. He will start in his new position with Aker Yards at the latest 1 September 2008.
Torstein Dale Sjøtveit has held a number of key management positions in Hydro since 1981, both within oil and gas activities, within polymers and petrochemicals, industrial maintenance and other parts of the company's international business, among others he has worked in West Africa for six years. He has lately held the position as president for Hydro Aluminium Metals, Hydro's upstream aluminium business with operations in 13 countries, 5 000 employees and revenues of NOK 60 billion.
Torstein Dale Sjøtveit has in addition held the position as executive vice president and been part of Hydro's corporate management. He has a strong experience in leadership from large and complex organisational structures, restructuring, and divestment processes, negotiations and relationship building in a number of different cultural environments as well as from broad commercial settings. His formal training includes education as a construction engineer from 1979.
In March 2008, Aker Yards announced the start of a recruitment process for a new CEO. In the intermediate period, the chairman of the board of directors, Svein Sivertsen, has acted as CEO.
"We are very pleased that we get Torstein Dale Sjøtveit in as the new CEO for Aker Yards. He brings with him an understanding of hands on management combined with a strong industrial experience and a strategic approach to further developing the business and the organisation", says Sivertsen.
For further information, please contact:
SVP Corporate Communication and IR
Tel: +47 92 88 55 42
Vice President Investor Relations
Tel: +47 95 14 11 47
Aker Yards ASA (www.akeryards.com) is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels and offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards comprises 18 yards in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Ukraine and Vietnam. Aker Yards has approximately 21,000 employees.
Aker Yards has agreed to take the Russian investment company FLC West in as a partner and 70 percent owner in the three yards in Germany and Ukraine with effect from 1 July, 2008.