MENTORS

Birger Magnus

Birger Magnus

Birger Magnus started his career with Honeywell Bull before joining McKinsey & Co where he spent 11 years and became Managing Partner of the Norway office. In 1996 he joined the media group Schibsted ASA as Executive VP and later became Deputy CEO. During the 13 years he spent with Schibsted in different leadership roles he worked extensively on the digital transformation issues that brought Schibsted to the very front of digital media business models.

As Chairman and Non-Executive Director in sectors such as energy, insurance, shipping and airlines Mr Magnus has also been leading digital transformation programmes in established industries.

Board Mandates

Since 2010 Mr Magnus is Chairman of Hafslund ASA (utilities). He also chairs the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and is a board member of Harvard Business Publishing.

He is a board member of Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Group (shipping) and was previously board member of ScandinavianAirlines Systems (SAS) AB from 2013-2016, and the Chairman of Statoil Fuel and Retail from 2010 2012 - overseeing the sale of the company to Canadian Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Mr Magnus was the Chairman of Storebrand from 2009-2017 and was Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Aschehoug publishing house from 2010-2016.

He serves as the Chairman of start-ups Kolonial.no and Xeneta AS, and is active in seed venture capital. He also chairs several charities and NGOs and has been Chairman of INSEAD International Council, Norway (since 2008).

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