Board of directors

Øyvind Eriksen
Shareholder-elected Chair and Chair of the Compensation and Organisational Development Committee
Eriksen has nearly 20 years of experience in the legal industry, as he began his career at the law firm BAHR in 1990. During his time at BAHR, he became a partner in 1996 and a director/chairman in 2003. As a corporate attorney, he worked on projects including strategic and operational development, M&A and negotiations. Eriksen also worked closely with Aker. 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 currently chairman of the board of Aker BP ASA, Cognite AS, Aker Capital AS, Aker Kværner Holding AS, Aker Horizons, C4IR Ocean and REV Ocean Inc. He is also a director in several companies, including Aker Solutions ASA, Aker Energy AS, Aker Carbon Capture AS, Mainstream Renewable Power, The Resource Group TRG AS, TRG Holding AS, the Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen), and member of the World Economic Forum C4IR Global Network Advisory Board.
Anne Marie Cannon
Shareholder-elected Deputy Chair and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Cannon has more than 35 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 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 currently a non-executive director on the board of Aker Energy AS and STV Group plc. She is the senior independent director on the board of Premier Oil 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 AS, Aker Horizons AS and Ocean Yield 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 Royal Dutch Shell plc. Brandsrud holds a Master of Science degree from NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Brandsrud is a non-executive director and board member of PGS ASA and the Lowell Group (Simon Midco Ltd). 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 SVP Finance OB&C for the BP Group, having previously held the positions of Group Treasurer and Group Head of Tax. In her current role, she is responsible for commercial financial support and planning, as well as performance for Regions, Cities and Solutions and Innovation and Engineering, as well as all enablers. She is also accountable for the group risk framework and application of insurance structures for BP.

Prior to joining BP, 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 Group companies and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Murray Auchincloss
Shareholder-elected Member
Auchincloss joined Amoco Canada in 1992 and BP 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’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 Chief Financial Officer of BP p.l.c. He is a member of BP’s Executive Board and serves on the Main Board Audit Committee.
Paula Doyle
Board member
Doyle is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Cognite, where she also sits on the Executive Management Team. Doyle joined Cognite in 2018 & prior to that has held a variety of roles within the oil and gas industry for companies such as ABB and Siemens, in Norway and the Middle East. During her time in the Middle East, Doyle established and ran a non-profit industrial technology organisation.

Doyle has a deep knowledge of industrial software space and digitalization processes in heavy-asset industries, and holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Limerick.
Terje Solheim
Employee-elected Member and Member of the Compensation and Organisational Development Committee
Solheim is the General Manager of Aker BP’s Harstad office. He has been with Aker BP since 2013 and has held several positions with the Company.

Solheim has an extensive background from the Norwegian Armed Forces and was one of the founders of Norwegian Petro Services (NPS). He came to Aker BP from Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
Anette Hoel Helgesen
Employee-elected Member
Helgesen has been with Aker BP since 2011. She holds the position of HSSEQ Manager Project & Concept Development. Prior to this, Helgesen held various positions in Aker BP and BP Norway, as Operations Engineering Manager for the Ula field, Process Engineer and onshore operations supervisor for the Valhall Field.

Helgesen holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
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 Norge since 1998.

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

He 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.
Ørjan Holstad
Employee-elected member
Holstad has been with Aker BP since 2010 and works as a P&O Business Partner for the offshore segment in Operations and Asset Development. He has served as a full-time employee representative in BP Norge and member of the BP Norge AS Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016.

Holstad has a background as an Instrument Technician and has offshore and project experience from the Skarv FPSO.