The Board of Directors

Nora Forisdal Larssen
Nora Forisdal Larssen
CHAIR
Experience:
Senior Investment Manager, Nordstjernan. Former Partner McKinsey& Company and Product Line Manager Electrolux Europe.
Education:
MSc in Economics (NHH), MBA Duke University, USA.
Position:
Senior Investment Manager, Nordstjerna.
Board Memberships:
Chairman Etac AB, Chairman Emma S. AB and boardmember Nobia AB
Kjersti Kleven
Kjersti Kleven
Vice Chair
Experience:
Investor through John Kleven AS. Researcher with the Institute for Labour and Social Research (FAFO), HR-manager with Rolls-Royce Marine and project manager with Nordvest Forum. Former Chair of the Federation of Norwegian Industries’ Governing Board and has served as board member of both privately owned and stock-listed companies.
Education:
Master in Sociology, University of Oslo.
Position:
Active co-owner of John Kleven AS.
Board Memberships:
Chair of Kleven Maritime AS with associated subsidiaries, Kleven Maritime Holding AS, John Kleven AS and Sparebanken Møre's Corporate Assembly. Vice-Chair of SEA Europe, member of the Norwegian Minister for Trade & Industry’s Strategic Council on Maritime Development. Board member of iKuben and SINTEF Ålesund AS.
Tine Gottlob Wollebekk
BOARD MEMEBER
Experience:
Several senior positions with Telenor ASA, including SVP and Global Head of Telenor Financial Services. Before that, she was employed by Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, as CEO at SEB Kort and ultimately as Country Manager for SEB in Norway. Wollebekk has also served on the boards of numerous companies, including Gjensidige.
Education:
MSc in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School.
Position:
CEO of Bank Norwegian ASA.
Stian Ekornes
Stian Ekornes
BOARD MEMEBER
Experience:
Investor. 25 years of experience in the furniture sector. Broad experience from directorships, primarily in the areas of furniture, the building trades and property.
Education:
The Norwegian Merchants Institute (today BI Varehandel).
Position:
Investor.
Lars I Røiri
Lars I. Røiri
BOARD MEMEBER
Experience:
CEO of Scandinavian Business Seating Group AS. Former commercial management positions at Tomra ASA, Mølnlycke AB and Jordan AS, CEO at Coloplast Norge AS and CEO at HÅG ASA. Former directorships: Molift AS, Netonnet AB, Enghav AS, Norsk Design and The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture.
Education:
Master of Economics and Business Administration (Norwegian School of Economics, BI)
Board Memberships:
Member of the boards of Cappelen Holding AS, the PE company Ratos Norwegian Advisory Board and the Norwegian Federation of Industries’ Furniture and Interior Association.
Nils Gunnar Hjellegjerde
BOARD MEMBER
Experience:
Founder, principal owner and CEO of IMG. Prior to creating IMG he had several senior positions at Hjellegjerde ASA including CFO and CEO as well as being in charge of Hjellegjerde’s operations in Asia. Nils Gunnar Hjellegjerde has also been working with Arthur Andersen & Co and management positions at Sparebanken Møre.
Education:
MBA, MSc in Economics (Siviløkonom) and Certified Financial Analyst from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Position:
Senior advisor and Investor.
Board Memberships:
Partner and Chairman of the Board of Hove DK Co., Ltd. Chair and board member of different investment and real estate companies.
Tone Helen Hanken
Tone Helen Hanken
BOARD MEMBER - Employee-elected
Experience:
Sewing machine operator at J.E. Ekornes AS, Aure facility. Velledalen fabrikker (1981-85), Hjellegjerde Møbler (1985-97), J.E. Ekornes, Vestlandske (1997-the present). Several years as elected employee representative and as employee representative on factory boards. 16 years as chair person of Sykkylven Industri Energy, branch 0789 (trade union). Board member of the National Executive Committee of Industri Energi and member of the pay negotiating committee.
Education:
Upper secondary school (social science major). Various courses from different educational institutions.
Position:
Sewing machine operator at J.E. Ekornes AS, Aure facility.
Arnstein Johannessen
BOARD MEMBER - Employee-elected
Experience:
Joined Ekornes in 1974. Worked in the Steel Dept. (1980–2007), as an assistant in the marketing materials stockroom (2007–2014) and as a facilitator in the Upholstery Dept. (2014 to the present). He has served as a union representative and senior union representative, and has been a member of the collective bargaining committee.
Education:
Management and Communication, and Supervisor Training School (in-house courses).
Position:
Facilitator in the Upholstery Dept. at J.E. Ekornes AS.
Board Memberships:
Member of Ekornes ASA’s board of directors (1997–2013) and deputy member (2013–2015).
Knut Ove Rygg
BOARD MEMBER - Employee-elected
Experience:
Production worker, production technician, production engineer and plant manager at J.E. Ekornes AS
Education:
Technical College, Diploma in Accounting and Business Administration (BI)
Position:
Plant manager, J.E. Ekornes AS, Grodås plant
Board Memberships:
Chair of Stryn Næringshage. Member of the boards of Nordvestvinduet AS, Fjellkårstad og Sønner AS, Gode Vegar AS, Stryn Næringssamskipnad and Lean Forum Nordvest.
Atle Berntzen
BOARD MEMBER - Employee-elected
Experience:
Has previously worked as a salesperson and warehouse operative at General Motors AS. Has worked in the warehouse at Ekornes Beds AS since 1991.
Education:
Upper Secondary School (commercial studies).
Position:
Acting warehouse foreman