DNV GL appoints new group CEO

28 May 2015
Eriksen takes the helm after two decades at DNV GL, including the past six years on the executive committee

Eriksen takes the helm after two decades at DNV GL, including the past six years on the executive committee

Remi Eriksen, formerly chief operating officer of DNV GL, has been promoted to group CEO following the planned retirement of Henrik O. Madsen.

Eriksen joined DNV GL in 1993 and has been a member of the executive committee for the past six years. He has worked across the oil and gas, maritime and energy renewables sectors and has led DNV GL’s business in several markets, as well as publishing more than 25 technical papers.

DNV GL chairman Leif-Arne Langøy said at a press conference this morning: “Today we take the next step in our post-integration phase [after the merger between DNV and GL in 2013]. The new CEO will refine and implement our market strategy, ensure we continue to deliver value and service to our customers, and demonstrate the purpose, vision and values of DNV GL.

“I am also pleased that our new CEO comes from within our own pool of talented employees. Remy is already a proven and popular leader and the board, including myself, have great confidence in him.”

Eriksen will spend the next few months meeting customers and employees across the world, and said he would work to “ensure that the benefits of integration are shared by our customers”. He will also draft a strategy, for approval by the DNV GL board,  that will be “our guiding star as we head towards 2020”.

He noted some of the challenges facing the industry and described his vision of the future for DNV GL’s key sectors. The marine market at present is characterised by oversupply, low rates, fierce competition and stricter regulation, with a weak outlook until 2017 in most sectors – except some niches including tankers, cruise ships and perhaps container vessels and mid-size gas carriers.

Eriksen forecast “turbulence, complexity and a fast pace of change” across all the sectors in which DNV GL operates. “The global economy will continue to rely on shipping, but with higher expectations on safety and managing environmental footprint,” he said.

Eriksen concluded by stating that DNV GL will continue to invest heavily in people, research and innovation, and will remain a driver and facilitator of industry collaboration.

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