Aker Appoints New Business Heads

Norwegian oilfield services firm Aker Solutions announced Friday that Tore Sjursen has been appointed as executive vice president for operation improvement and risk management.

Sjursen is currently the head of Aker's maintenance, modifications and operations business. He will be replaced in this role by Knut Sandvik.

Sjursen's new role – which is based in Oslo – will see him responsible for the corporate center functions: Enterprise Risk Management; Tendering and Corporate Risk Committee; Health, Safety and Environment; Quality and Performance; and Operational Audit. He will also be responsible for developing and coordinating company-wide improvement agendas, monitoring business area improvement initiatives and reporting on progress to the board of directors.

Aker CEO Luis Araujo commented in a company statement:

"Tore is an industry veteran with a long track record at Aker Solutions. His experience, drive and knowledge will be a huge asset as we strengthen our focus on operational excellence and quality improvements across the business. I'm very pleased that he has agreed to take on this critical new role."

Sjursen, who has headed the MMO business since October 2010, has been with Aker Solutions for 28 years. Sandvik comes from the position as senior vice president for major subsea projects. He has more than 25 years of experience from the offshore industry, including several years in engineering, procurement and construction project management as well as design and concept development. Sandvik will be based in Stavanger.

"Knut has extensive experience from operations in both our engineering and subsea businesses and has shown great skill in steering large, complex projects. This will be of immense value in further developing the MMO business," Araujo added.

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