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. Luca Crisciotti, Liv Hovem, Ditlev Engel and Barbara Frencia were appointed CEOs of their new business areas as of February 2021.


Group President & CEO

Remi Eriksen (Norwegian) became Group President and CEO of DNV in 2015. He was previously the COO of the DNV Group, and has served as CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, as well as COO of DNV Energy. He has also held senior roles within DNV in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 

Amongst many other leadership roles, Remi is currently Chair of the Board of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a member of the Executive Committee of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He holds a master’s degree in Electronics and Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and executive education from Rice University, IMD and INSEAD. Remi joined DNV in 1993.


CEO Energy Systems

Ditlev Engel (Danish) is the CEO of DNV’s Energy Systems business area, leading a team of 4,000 energy experts to help customers navigate the complex transition to a more sustainable energy future. Prior to his role at DNV, Ditlev was the Group President & CEO of global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S between 2005 and 2013. Before this, he spent 20 years at global coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, where he was Group President and CEO from 2000 to 2005. 

Ditlev has been a driving force behind many global green investment initiatives, pushing the energy transition to the next level, and has also been Denmark’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy. He has degrees in business administration, finance & accounting from Copenhagen Business School and has completed INSEAD’s General Management Programme. Ditlev joined DNV in 2016.


CEO The Accelerator

Liv A. Hovem (Norwegian) leads the Accelerator, a business area dedicated to building businesses and technologies that shape the future of assurance. She leads a multinational team in identifying initiatives with high growth potential and boosting their impact through organic growth, acquisitions, and partnerships. 

Liv has experience leading successful international businesses across multiple industries, including in the maritime and energy sectors. She has a special interest in technology research and innovation, business model innovation, and agile ways of working to nurture rapid business growth. She has served as a board member of several R&D-related institutions. Liv has a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian Technical University. She joined DNV in 1988.


CEO Digital Solutions

Kenneth Vareide (Norwegian) became CEO of Digital Solutions in June 2019. He has been with DNV 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) Sloan School of Management.


Group Chief Financial Officer

Kjetil M. Ebbesberg (Norwegian) joined DNV as Group CFO in 2020. Kjetil joined DNV from Norsk Hydro, where he last served as Executive Vice President of Hydro Rolled Products. He has more than 20 years’ experience from many different executive and finance-related positions at Hydro, of which eight years in the Corporate Management Board. 

Kjetil has also been CFO of the Norwegian retail group Coop from 2007 to 2009. He holds a master’s degree in business economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) in Bergen, Norway, in combination with the University of Ottawa, Canada.


CEO Supply Chain and Product Assurance

Luca Crisciotti (Italian) is currently the CEO of DNV’s Supply Chain and Product Assurance business area and was previously the CEO of Business Assurance (2012–2020). With a background in the certification industry, Luca started his career in DNV 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 in 2001.


CEO Maritime

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (Norwegian) has headed 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 DNV’s Maritime and Oil & Gas business area. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990. Knut joined DNV in 1990.


CEO Business Assurance

Barbara Frencia (Italian) became the CEO of Business Assurance in February 2021. With a financial background, Barbara’s experience spans from corporate finance to operations. She was a HUB manager in Italy before becoming a Regional Business Controller and appointed Global Finance Director for Business Assurance in 2010. Barbara holds a master’s degree in Business Economics from The University of Genova. She joined DNV in 1996.


Chief People Officer

Gro Gotteberg (Norwegian) has been the Chief People Officer at DNV since 2017. Since she joined in 2008, she has held several roles within DNV: as HR Director, in Leadership Development, and more recently as HR Manager in South East Asia & Australia. Gro has extensive experience within organizational, competence and leadership development within a variety of industries such as 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 business, cultural and diversity experience from Africa, Americas and South East Asia.


Chief Communication Officer

Ulrike Haugen (German) joined DNV as Chief Communications Officer in May 2017. She has responsibility for Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability. She has broad communications, marketing, and business development experience from roles within international corporations 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 in 2017.


Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Klas Bendrik (Swedish) has been Chief Digital Transformation Officer since joining DNV 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, 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.