Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg is Vice Chairman of DNB ASA and Chairman of Veidekke ASA. He is an Independent Director at Swiss Steel Holding AG, a Non-Executive Director at Mondi plc and Eramet Norway. He is also the Vice Chair of the Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (The Norwegian Wealth Fund).
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 and a Chair of a Government committee for business development. From 2019 to 2021 he was a member of the Board of SLC Sibelco NV.
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.