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.
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.