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 Development (WBCSD).

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 area 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 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 served as Denmark’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy, 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.

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 COO. Luca has a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome. Luca joined DNV GL in 2001.


CEO Oil & Gas

Liv A. Hovem (Norwegian) became the CEO of Oil & Gas in January 2018. She 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.

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.


CEO Digital Solutions

Kenneth Vareide (Norwegian) became CEO of Digital Solutions in June 2019. He has been with DNV GL since 1996, when he started as a trainee. Kenneth has held several management positions across the company’s business areas and regions. Prior to joining Digital Solutions as CEO, Kenneth served as Digital Director for the Maritime business area.

Kenneth holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a Master’s degree in Technology Management from NTNU and the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH Bergen), in cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Sloan School of Management.


Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Vogth-Eriksen (Norwegian) has been Chief Financial Officer since 2012. He 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 the 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, and executive education from IMD and INSEAD. Thomas joined DNV GL in 1988.


Chief People Officer

Gro Gotteberg (Norwegian) has been the Chief People Officer at DNV GL since December 2017. 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 Communication Officer

Ulrike Haugen (German) joined DNV GL as Chief Communication 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.


Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Klas Bendrik (Swedish) has been Chief Digital Transformation Officer since joining DNV GL in September 2018.

Klas has held executive roles in several industries from automotive, medical and industrial equipment to management consulting with global firms. Klas’ field of expertise is within Information Technology, software, digital and business development. Prior to joining DNV GL, his most recent positions were as Senior Vice President for Volvo Cars and, most recently, Vice President and Executive Partner at Gartner. Klas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Gothenburg and a degree from the Royal Swedish Naval Academy, with the rank of Lieutenant Captain.


In 2019, the Executive Committee consisted of ten people. Kenneth Vareide was appointed CEO Digital Solutions in June 2019.