The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the Group President & CEO’s management team. It deals with issues and decisions related to strategy, markets and customers, target setting, financial development, investments, performance management, mergers and acquisitions, pricing strategy and major management appointments.


Group President & CEO

Remi Eriksen (Norwegian) became Group President and CEO of DNV GL in August 2015, succeeding Henrik O. Madsen. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the DNV GL Group, having served as CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas and in other senior roles in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Amongst many other leadership roles, he is on the Executive Committee of World Business Council for Sustainable Business Development (WBCSD), and provides critical guidance to the WBCSD Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi).

He holds a Master’s in Electronics and Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and executive education from Rice University, IMD and INSEAD. Remi joined DNV GL in 1993.


CEO Maritime

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (Norwegian) has been heading our Maritime business are since August 2015. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer and President of Maritime and Director of Division Europe, Africa & Americas.

Knut has held senior management positions within both maritime and oil & gas. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was awarded a First Class Honour’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990. Knut joined DNV GL in 1990.


CEO Digital Solutions

Elisabeth Tørstad (Norwegian) has two decades in management positions at DNV GL, most recently as CEO in business area Oil & Gas. Prior to that role, she served as Chief Technology Officer, as well as Chief Operating Officer for Maritime and Oil & Gas the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa division.

Elisabeth has a cross-disciplinary background and has held management positions with global responsibilities within the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy business areas. Her academic background includes a Cand. Scient. degree in Physics from the University of Oslo and a degree of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management. Elisabeth joined DNV GL in 1995. 


CEO Energy

Ditlev Engel (Danish) was Group President & CEO of global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S from 2005 to 2013. Prior to joining Vestas, he had 20 years of experience at the global coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, the last five years as Group President & CEO.

Ditlev has driven many global green investment initiatives as chair of Denmark’s Green Investment Fund, a member of the Energy Partner Network of the World Economic Forum, advisor to the International Energy Agency, chair of the Green Growth Working Group at G20 Summits, co-founder of the Green Growth Action Alliance and member of UN’s Sustainable Energy for All. He has degrees in business administration, finance & accounting from Copenhagen Business School and the General Management Programme from INSEAD. Ditlev joined DNV GL in 2016.


CEO Business Assurance

Luca Crisciotti (Italian) became the CEO of Business Assurance in March 2012. In addition, he currently holds the position as the president of the IIOC (Independent International Organization for Certification Bodies), the trade body of many key international certification bodies.

With a background in the certification industry, Luca started his career in DNV GL as a Sales Manager in Rome, Italy. He continued as the Business Development Manager for Division South Europe before moving to Japan for three years as Country Manager. He then moved to Shanghai, Greater China, taking over as Director of Operations in Business Assurance Asia & Australia.

Luca has a Master in Business Economics from the University 'La Sapienza' in Rome. Luca joined DNV GL in 2001.


CEO Oil & Gas

Liv A. Hovem (Norwegian) has experience from several managerial roles in DNV GL, most recently as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa in Oil & Gas. She has served as board member in several research and innovation related institutions. She currently serves on the Board of the NTNU Research Centre AMOS – Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems.

Liv’s technical background is risk and probabilistic modelling, hydrodynamics and strength of ships and offshore structures. She has a MSc in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from UC Berkeley and a MSc in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian Technical University. Liv joined DNV GL in 1988.


Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Vogth-Eriksen (Norwegian) has been Chief Financial Officer since 2012. He has held several senior management positions in DNV GL before that, most recently as the CEO of Business Assurance, the certification arm of the DNV GL Group. Thomas brings international experience of almost 15 years from New York, London, Shanghai, and Milan.

He has served as board member in International Association of Certification bodies and the Norwegian Chambers of Commerce in London, Oslo and Shanghai. Thomas has a Master of Business & Economics, Business Administration from the Norwegian Business School. Thomas joined DNV GL in 1988. 


Chief HR Officer

Gro Gotteberg (Norwegian) has been the Chief HR Officer at DNV GL since December 2017. Prior to that she has had several roles within DNV GL, as HR Director and in Leadership Development, most recently as HR Manager in South East Asia & Australia. Prior to that she had several roles within organizational and competence development in shipping, management consultancy and developing aid & rescue relief.

Gro has a Master of Business & Economics from NHH Norwegian School of Economics and brings 15 years of international experience from Africa, Americas and South East Asia. Gro joined DNV GL in 2008.


Chief Communications Officer

Ulrike Haugen (German) joined DNV GL as Chief Communications Officer in May 2017. She has more than 15 years of communications, marketing and business development experience within international corporations with positions in Norway, UK, Germany and Italy.

Ulrike was previously VP Marketing & Communications for ABB Marine, and has also held marketing and business development positions in international energy companies and law firms.

Ulrike holds a Master of Business Administration degree from London South Bank University in the UK and a Law Degree from the University of Bonn in Germany. Ulrike joined DNV GL in 2017. 


In 2017, the Executive Committee consisted of nine people: the Group President and CEO, the CEOs of the five business areas, the Chief Financial Officer, Chief HR Officer and Chief Group Development Officer. In November, the Chief HR Officer Cecilie B. Heuch decided to pursue her career outside DNV GL and was replaced by Gro Gotteberg.

From 1 January 2018, further changes were made to the Executive Committee: Liv Hovem was appointed CEO of Oil & Gas, replacing Elisabeth Tørstad, who was appointed CEO of the new Digital Solutions organization. The Group Development Officer function was discontinued with the retirement of David Walker.

Chief Communications Officer Ulrike Haugen joined the Executive Committee together with the newly created position of Chief Digital Transformation Officer (this position is not yet filled).