New CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association

The board of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association has appointed Harald Solberg (41) as new CEO from January 1, 2018. He replaces Sturla Henriksen (61), who resigns with effect from the same date.

“After almost ten years in this position it is natural that somebody else takes the organisation further," says Sturla Henriksen. “I have had a good dialogue with the board over the last year and it has been important for both the board and I that we have had a tidy and structured process to find my successor. I am very pleased that Harald Solberg has accepted this position. We have previously been colleagues for several years. He is a skilled and great person, and I am convinced he will do a first-class job”.

 "I am looking forward to addressing exciting challenges in the Norwegian Shipowners' Association," says Harald Solberg, currently heads the Royal Secretariat at the Royal House of Norway. “The maritime industry represents a very important part of Norwegian business and creates important jobs and great values ​​every day. The shipping companies make up a strong driving force in this cluster. In the years to come, the resources in the ocean will be a key contribution to addressing some of the major challenges in the world related to energy, food production and transportation of goods in an environmentally friendly way. The framework conditions for the industry will be crucial to ensure good and healthy competitive power. Throughout the last years, the efforts of Sturla Henriksen have been very important for positioning the Norwegian Shipowners' Association in a positive way, both nationally and internationally. It is with great humility that I successor him next year”.