DNV GL Names Remi Eriksen Group CEO
Remi Eriksen has been appointed as the DNV GL Group’s new president and CEO, succeeding Henrik O. Madsen, who will retire August 1.
The DNV GL board of directors began an executive search and selection process in October 2014 to find and appoint Madsen’s successor due to his planned retirement after more than 30 years of service with DNV GL, the last nine years of which was spent as group president and CEO. DNV GL said candidates from many countries, both inside and outside of the organization, and both men and women, were considered.
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 and 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 and 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.”
Eriksen said, “I am very humble and thankful for the opportunity to lead this company I have worked for the past 22 years.”
“We now see challenging market developments in both the maritime and oil and 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,” Eriksen continued.
“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,” Eriksen explained.