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Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Experienced Chairman: OBX, Private Sector, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Private Sector

  • 20 years of international senior leadership experience 
  • Multi-industry knowledge in metals and minerals, financial services, chemicals, construction, diversified industrials, technology
  • Experience as a Compensation Chair
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Current Positions

Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg is Vice Chairman of DNB ASA, Chairman of Veidekke ASA, an Independent Director at Swiss Steel Group, Switzerland, and a Non-Executive Director of SCR-Sibelco NV, Belgium. He is currently also Chair of a Norwegian Government Committee for business development.

Industry Knowledge

Svein Richard recently stepped down as CEO of the global aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA, a position he had held since 2009. A scientist and businessman with a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from NTNU, his 33-year career in Hydro revolved around R&D, technology development, innovation, strategic acquisitions and operational improvements, with numerous leadership positions throughout the company and across the globe.

Svein Richard was Chairman of the global aluminium extrusion company Sapa between 2013 and 2016. He was a member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) between 2009 and 2019, where he was leading the energy and climate group. From 2014 to 2020 he was Chairman of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and between 2019 and 2020 was a member of a Government Committee for new ethical guidelines to the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Svein Richard was the Norwegian Representative in the Bilderberg Meetings steering committee between 2011 and 2019, and a member of the Board of the International Council of Metal and Mining between 2010 and 2019.

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Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta is currently Chairman of WPP plc and of Smith & Nephew plc, a FTSE 100 listed global medical devices company. He is also Partner and Chairman of the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe LLC (CD&R). 

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Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr is the Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts & Co LP. In addition, he is Chairman of the English National Ballet, Vice-President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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Dr Jeroen van der Veer

Dr Jeroen van der Veer

Dr Jeroen van der Veer is Chairman of Koninklijke Philips N.V. and Boskalis Westminster Group. He is Deputy Chair of Equinor ASA (previously Statoil ASA). Jeroen was previously CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc, Chairman of ING Groep N.V. and Vice Chairman of Unilever. He was also a Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Central Bank.

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Paolo Scaroni

Paolo Scaroni

Paolo is Deputy Chairman of Rothschild & Co, Chairman of Giuliani SpA and Chairman of the football club A.C. Milan. He is also a Board member at Veolia (Paris), Columbia Business School, New York, and Ingostrakh, a major Russian insurance company.

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