Board of Directors

Christen Sveaas

Christen Sveaas

Executive Chairman and Owner

Christen Sveaas is the founder and sole owner of Kistefos AS.

Mr. Sveaas has had several board positions including being Chairman of the Board at Treschow-Fritzøe AS, Board member of Stolt-Nielsen AS, Orkla ASA, SkipsKredittforeningen AS, Vestenfjeldske Bykreditt AS, Tschudi & Eitzen Shipping AS and served as senior advisor to EQT.

Mr. Sveaas is presently Executive Chairman of Kistefos AS and A/S Kistefos Træsliberi, the Chairman of the Board in Viking Supply Ships AB and Viking Supply Ships A/S, Vice Chairman of the board of The Kistefos Museum Foundation and Chairman of Anders Sveaas’ Allmennyttige Fond, a Norwegian charitable foundation. He is member of Dean’s Council’s Executive Comittee, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA.

Mr. Sveaas is educated at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Lic. Oec. HSG; equivalent to an MBA.

Erik Wahlstrøm

Member of the Board since 1989

Erik Wahlstrøm has practiced law since 1976, served as member of several public law commissions, lectured in tax-law and published several publications. He has previously been Chairman of the Norwegian Shareholder Association and the Norwegian Taxpayer Association.

Mr. Wahlstrøm is the Chairman of the Kistefos-Museum and serves as member of board of AS Kistefos Træsliberi and Anders Sveaas’ Allmennyttige Fond a Norwegian charitable foundation as well as Fr. Nansensvei 14 AS.

Mr. Wahlstrøm has a law degree from the University of Oslo.

Tom Ruud

Member of the Board since 2010

Tom Ruud was CEO of the Kistefos Group from 2013 to 2015. Before joining Kistefos Ruud was a member of the Group Executive management of the Umoe Group. Prior to that Ruud was a member of the Group Executive management of Nordea bank AB in Stockholm. Before that Ruud was the Group President and CEO of Kreditkassen and Group President and CEO of Aker Norcem.

Mr. Ruud has been Chairman or board member in a large number of listed and private companies and organizations both in Norway and internationally over the past 30 years.

Mr. Ruud is a Civil Engineer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He also has attended an executive program at Wharton.

Martin Reimers

Member of the Board since 2011

Martin Reimers is a Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oslo (UiO). Dr. Reimers has worked in applied mathematics and computer science since 1996; as a research scientist at SINTEF, as a senior research scientist at the Norwegian startup-company SimSurgery AS and currently as a Professor at the Department of Informatics at UiO. He is a member of the Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA), a Centre of Excellence located at UiO.

Dr. Reimers has extensive experience from a number of academic and industrial fields, including oil-technology, real-time visualization, optimization, high performance computing and medical technology. He is Chairman of a private company focusing on real estate, property development and other investments.

Dr. Reimers was educated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Reimers holds an MSc degree in Industrial Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UiO.

Ragnhild Wiborg

Member of the Board since 2014

Ms. Ragnhild Wiborg has about 30 years of experience from the financial markets. She is non-executive director of the following Norwegian Stock Exchange listed companies; RECSilicon ASA, Borregaard ASA, EAM Solar and I.M. Skaugen ASA.

Ms. Wiborg was previously Partner, owner and fund manager in Consepio, Wiborg Kapitalförvaltning, CIO and portfolio manager in Odin Fund Management and has held several positions within Investment Banking in the Nordic and UK capital markets; Pareto Securities, ABGSundal&Collier, First Chicago (now JPMorgan) and Scandinavian Bank (now SEB).

Ms. Wiborg has a Bachelor/Master in Economics and International Business from Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration and from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo, Brazil). She has also studied French and Political Science at the Sorbonne University.