Mr. Jenssen comes from the job of senior vice president for human resources at Aker Kvaerner, and has worked in this field at the Norwegian based engineering and fabrication group with global activities in the offshore market since 1991.
A graduate in psychology from the University of Oslo, he was employed on the human resources side at Det Norske Veritas from 1982 to 1986.
Mr Jenssen then spent several years as an independent consultant for such clients as Aker, ABC Bank, Sparebanken Nord, Aftenposten, Alfa Life Insurance, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Alcatel STK.
He has very solid knowledge of renewal and change processes, and the companies he has served have also conferred broad international experience.
In a comment on his new appointment, Mr. Jenssen says that he regards the job as highly interesting. It presents major challenges both in Norway and internationally.
He wants to see Statoil develops its human resources in a way which allows it to act dynamically and flexibly, and to become a winner in international competition on the basis of its special qualities and advantages.
"This is very much a case of striking a balance between continuity and renewal," he observes.
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