MAY 28, 2015 — DNV GL Group Chief Operating Officer Remi Eriksen is to be DNV GL's new Group President & CEO, succeeding Henrik O. Madsen, who retires August 1. His appointment follows an extensive executive search and selection process that considered candidates from many countries, both inside and outside of the organization, both men and women.
Leif-Arne Langøy, Chairman of the Board of DNV GL Group said: "On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to announce that Remi Eriksen has accepted the position as DNV GL's new Group President & CEO. Eriksen has a solid track-record in leading positions within the company for two decades. He has gained extensive international experience in the oil & gas, maritime, and renewable energy industries, and has led our operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas. His success in these positions led him to his current role as DNV GL Group Chief Operating Officer. In addition to his strong performance in managing the integration of DNV and GL, Eriksen has deep knowledge of our core markets and key industry technologies. Not least, he has displayed an acknowledged ability to foresee industry challenges and drive responsive solutions."
"I am also glad that after a thorough executive search and selection process, the best candidate is found among our own people," Mr. Langøy added. "This will ensure the continuity of the company's values, culture and strategic direction. I really look forward to working with Remi Eriksen in the next phase of DNV GL's development."
"I am very humble and thankful for the opportunity to lead this company I have worked for for the past 22 years," said Mr. Eriksen. "We now see challenging market developments in both the maritime and oil & gas industries. DNV GL will not remain unaffected, but I have strong confidence in our ability to constantly improve and develop our services. Even in tough markets, there will be a need for expert advice and services that can help improve efficiency, qualify new cost-effective technologies, and that can help drive standardization of specifications and work processes – just to mention a few examples. In the energy sector and the business assurance market, I expect positive development in the next few years.
"I believe the future will be characterized by a very complex and fast-changing world and a period of slower global growth. However, the world economy is still on track to more than double in size over the next 40 years. I see a future where trusted independent parties are increasingly needed to enable safe and responsible business performance and sustainable value chains. In this context, DNV GL's innovation capabilities, as well as our role as a standard setter and driver of joint industry collaborations, will be an increasingly relevant strength. It will be important for me that we continue our investments in people, R&D and innovation to develop new thinking, insights and solutions to the benefit of our customers and society."