Board of directors

Øyvind Eriksen
Shareholder-elected Chair and Chair of the Compensation and Organisational Development Committee
Eriksen is the President and CEO of Aker ASA. He has worked for Aker since 2009. Eriksen has extensive experience as a corporate attorney from the Norwegian law firm BA-HR, where he started in 1990, became a partner in 1996 and a director/chairman in 2003. He has worked with strategic and operational development, M&A and negotiations. Eriksen has held several board positions in various industries including shipping, finance, asset management, offshore drilling, fisheries, media, trade and industry. Eriksen holds a law degree from the University of Oslo.

Eriksen is chairman of the board in Aker BP ASA, Cognite AS, Aker Capital AS, Aker Holding AS, Aker Horizons ASA, Aker Property Group AS, C4IR Ocean, the VI Foundation, and REV Ocean AS. He is also a director of several companies, including Aker Solutions ASA, Aker BioMarine ASA, Aker Energy AS, Aker Carbon Capture ASA, Aker Clean Hydrogen AS, Aker Mainstream Renewables AS, The Resource Group TRG AS, TRG Holding AS and the Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen). He is also a member of the World Economic Forum C4IR Global Network Advisory Boar.
Anne Marie Cannon
Shareholder-elected Deputy Chair and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Cannon has more than 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and investment banking and is an experienced director, holding executive and non-executive roles.

She has served as the Deputy Chair of the board since 2013, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Organisational Development and Compensation Committee at Aker BP. Since 2019, she has been a Senior Advisor in the Strategic Advisory business at PJT Partners and from 2000, was a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley focusing on international upstream M&A. Prior to this, Cannon was an executive director on the boards of Hardy Oil & Gas and British Borneo, and earlier in her career was a director in investment banking at J Henry Schroder Wagg and held senior financial roles at Shell UK. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from Glasgow University and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Cannon is a non-executive director on the board of Aker Energy AS, STV Group plc and Harbour Energy plc.
Kjell Inge Røkke
Shareholder-elected Member
Røkke has been a driving force in the development of Aker since the 1990s. Røkke launched his business career with the purchase of a 69-foot trawler in the United States in 1982, and gradually built a leading worldwide fisheries business. In 1996, the Røkke-controlled company RGI purchased enough Aker shares to become Aker’s largest shareholder, and later merged RGI with Aker. Røkke owns 68.2% of Aker ASA through The Resource Group TRG AS and subsidiaries.

Røkke is Aker ASA’s primary owner and Chairman. He is currently a director in several companies, including Aker Solutions ASA, Aker BioMarine ASA and Aker Horizons ASA.
Trond Brandsrud
Shareholder-elected Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Brandsrud serves as a non-executive director and industry advisor. From 2016 to 2019, he held several CEO and CFO roles in the financial services companies Lindorff, Intrum and Lowell, and from 2010 to 2015, he served as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Aker. In the period from 2007 to 2010, he served as the CFO of the Seadrill Group. Prior to these roles, Brandsrud had 23 years of experience from leading finance positions in Shell. Brandsrud holds a master’s degree in finance from NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Brandsrud is a non-executive director and board member of PGS ASA, the Lowell Group (Simon Midco Ltd) and Lowell Finans AS. He also has a part time executive assignment with Waterise AS.
Kate Thomson
Shareholder-elected Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Thomson is the CFO for the BP p.l.c. Group, having previously held the positions of SVP Finance P&O, Group Treasurer, and Group Head of Tax.

Prior to joining BP p.l.c., Thomson qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte. She moved into international tax with Charter plc, where she became Head of Tax in 1998, before joining Ernst & Young in 2001 in M&A tax.

Thomson is also a director of several BP p.l.c. Group companies and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Charles Ashley Heppenstall
Shareholder-elected Member
Heppenstall is the previous President & CEO for Lundin Petroleum AB (2002 – 2015).

He has a bachelor (honors) from Duham University.

Heppenstall is a board member in Lundin Mining, Lundin Gold, International Petroleum Corporation, and Orron Energy AB.
Murray Auchincloss
Shareholder-elected Member
Auchincloss joined Amoco Canada in 1992 and BP p.l.c. through the merger in 1999. He has built a career performing a range of commercial and leading roles across the company. Most recently he served as BP p.l.c.’s Upstream CFO (2015 to 2020). Auchincloss holds a Bachelor of Finance degree from the University of Calgary. He also completed his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification in 1995.

Auchincloss is the CEO of BP p.l.c. He is a member of BP p.l.c.’s Executive Board and serves on the Main Board Audit Committee
Valborg Lundegaard
Shareholder-elected Member
Lundegaard is a special advisor and former CEO of Aker Carbon Capture, a pure play carbon capture company offering environmentally friendly solutions for removing carbon emissions. Lundegaard is Chemical Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience from the energy industry, including key management positions in Aker Solutions. Her experience includes corporate and project management, international business development and several development projects.
Ani Isabel Chiang
Employee-elected member
Chiang has been employed by Aker BP since 2014. She’s working in the Commercial & Sales team, with main responsibility for commercial and terminal operation at Alvheim and Skarv.
Prior to this position, she was a Hydrocarbon Management Engineer with main focus on Alvheim and Ivar Aasen.

Chiang also has experience from the supplier industry within project management for both topside and subsea commissioning and decommissioning deliveries.

Chiang holds an degree in Gas and Energy Technology from the University of Southeast Norway, in addition to a Trade Certificate in Process and Chemical Prosessing.

Chiang has been the company’s NITO main trustee since 2019, and has more than 13 years of experience within the oil industry.
Marit Dørum
Employee-elected member
Marit has followed up the Johan Sverdrup field since she was employed in 2013. Marit has also followed up Wisting in the Barents Sea since it entered the company’s portfolio.

Eight years ago, Marit was elected deputy leader in Tekna’s corporate group and she has held this position ever since. Marit is deputy chairperson of Aker FAU’s (Functional Work Committee at Aker) board and she has several positions related to the role of union representative.

Marit has a degree in geophysics/civil engineering from NTNU. She has over 25 years of experience within the oil industry both for oil companies and software companies.
Ingard Haugeberg
Employee-elected member
Haugeberg serves as a full-time employee representative. Prior to this position, he was the HSSE Site Lead on the Ula field. Haugeberg has broad experience from the Royal Norwegian Air Force in Bodø as a technical grenadier and as department manager for Safelift A/S. He started in Amoco Norge as a mechanic on the Valhall field in 1991. He has held several positions in BP p.l.c. Norge since 1998.

Haugeberg has held a number of different directorships in BP p.l.c. Norge, Industrimaskiner A/S, Global Clean Energy, I/E Media and trippEl A/S.

Haugeberg was trained as an electro mechanical repair tech at the Royal Norwegian Air Force technical school at Kjevik and has a company-approved bachelor in mechanics.
Thomas Husvæg
Employee-elected member
Husvæg has been employed by Aker BP since 2018 and is today responsible for the EPCi delivery of Subsea Production Systems for the Utsira High field development in the Edvard Grieg / Ivar Aasen area. He has previously held roles as Project Manager in Operations, Business Manager for the Fixed Facilities Alliance, and Finance Manager for Projects.

He has an extensive Projects background from both Contractor and Operator roles in both Norway and internationally, starting his career in Deloitte as a management consultant before moving to GE Oil&Gas / BakerHughes GE and then Aker BP.

Husvæg has a Masters of Science (Siv.Ing.) in Industrial Economics from NTNU and more than 15 years of industry experience.
Tore Vik
Employee-elected member
Tore has been employed by Aker BP since 2013 and is a full-time trustee. He has previously worked as an electrician on the Ivar Aasen platform.

Tore has over 30 years of experience as an electrician with both high-voltage and low-voltage papers. He has worked many years as an electrician / automator on drilling rigs and on ships.