Management

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Geir Johansen

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Johansen holds a master’s degree in international business from the Norwegian Business School BI, and has completed an Executive development program at IMD. Johansen has broad financial experience from publicly traded companies and has in the past 12 years worked as Group CFO for Axactor AB, S.D. Standard Drilling and DOF Subsea ASA. Johansen has extensive international experience and has over the last 20 years lived and worked in Japan, the USA, Singapore, Romania and London, and is currently living in Oslo.

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Hans Ola Haavelsrud

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Haavelsrud holds an MSc in Philosophy from the London School of Economis and an Executive MBA in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He has broad financial and industrial experience from seven years as a transactions advisor at PwC, and five years as a director at an international EPC firm within power generation and transmission with operations in Norway, Africa and Asia. Haavelsrud joined Element in September 2018 and lives in Oslo, Norway.

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Board of Directors

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Thomas Christensen

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Thomas is a graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Gothenburg's institute, with an Master of Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School. He mainly works experience is with technology and venture capital.  He has more than 20 years of experience from key positions in Norwegian and international businesses, as well as extensive experience in investment and consultancy businesses. He has extensive experience within Corporate Finance and has conducted over 40 M&A transactions, stock listings, debt and equity financing within shipping and technology, both as Chief Financial Officer and external adviser. He has also experience from challenging turnarounds through board positions in global businesses. He is chairman of the in companies like Grieg Shipbrokers, Didac AS, Nordic Light Norway AS and holds board seats in several companies abroad.

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Kari Mette Toverud

Member of the Board

Kari Mette Toverud is Director of Communications at Norkart AS. Ms. Toverud has worked in the telecom and datacom sectors for the past 23 years: Communication and Marketing Director at Broadnet and Ventelo from 2011 to 2014 and held the same position at Network Norway from 2006 to 2011). She was COO at Cloudberry Mobile from 2014 to 2015 and has held top management positions at Telenor Media, Telenor Mobil and Telenor Nordic Mobile (1995–2006). She has also served on a number of boards, notably Telenor Eiendom, Telenor Norge and Telenor Key Partner, and currently sits on the boards of NextGenTel Holding ASA, Totalctrl AS, KatrinUri AS, Systek AS and Norwegian Golf Federation. Ms. Toverud has a Master of Business and Marketing/Handeløkonom from BI Norwegian Business School/Handelsakademiet (1987–1991). Toverud was elected to the Board for a 2 year term at the AGM in June 2018. 

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Kris Gram

Member of the Board

Chris Gram has worked 5 years as strategy consultant for Capgemini and has 10 years investment banking experience from Pareto, where he was partner and responsible for the mining business segment for the last 4 years. He has working experience from equity capital markets and debt capital markets as well as M&A. Over the last 4 years Mr. Gram has managed a family investment company. Mr. Gram is a graduate from University of St. Andrews, Scotland. 

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