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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 Schmolz + Bickenbach AG, Switzerland and a Non-Executive Director of SCR-Sibelco N.V., Belgium. Brandtzæg is currently also Chair of a Norwegian Government Committee for Business development.

Industry Knowledge

Svein Richard Brandtzæg recently stepped down as CEO of the global aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA, a position he had held since 2009. A scientist and business man with a PhD in inorganic chemistry from NTNU, Dr Brandtzæg’s 33 years long 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 roundtable for industrialists (ERT) between 2009 and 2019, where he was leading the energy and climate group. In 2014-2020 he was Chairman of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and 2019-2020 a member of a Government Committee for new Ethical Guidelines to the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Svein Richard has been 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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Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer was previously Chairman of Roche Holding AG and is currently an Independent Director of Allogene Therapeutics, Chairman of PCI Services Inc, Advisory Board member of LetterOne Holdings, Senior Advisor to Target PharmaSolutions (a data solutions company for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries), and Healthcare Advisor to Temasek Holdings (Singapore)and Advisor to a number of start-up companies.

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Steven (Steve) Gregg

Steven (Steve) Gregg

Steven is Chairman of Ampol Limited (previously Caltex); Chairman elect of Tabcorp Holdings Limited; a director of Challenger Limited and Challenger Life Company Limited, and William Inglis & Son Limited. He is also the Chairman of Lorna Hodgkinson Foundation and Unisson Disability Limited and a Trustee of the Australian Museum.  Prior to this Steven was Chairman of Goodman Fielder Limited and Chairman of Austock Group Limited.

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Dr Anthony (Tony) Hayward

Dr Anthony (Tony) Hayward

Tony Hayward is Chairman of Glencore plc, a position he has held since 2014, a Managing Partner of St James’s Asset Management LLP and Chairman of a number of private companies. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of BP plc, the Chief Executive Officer of Genel Energy plc and subsequently the Chairman. 

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Jack So Chak-kwong GBM GBS OBE JP

Jack So Chak-kwong GBM GBS OBE JP

Jack So Chak-kwong is Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, a position he assumed on 1 June 2015. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of AIA Group Limited and China Resources Power Holdings Company Limited, a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, Greater China and an Advisor at the Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited.

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