It is important that a calmer atmosphere be established as quickly as possible in relation to the group, so that Statoil's development can continue.
"Statoil is a strong company with great opportunities," Mr. Fjell commented. "I hope my departure will help to ensure that the workforce can again concentrate all their energies on its further development."
In accordance with his contract, Mr. Fjell will be paid two year's salary on resigning. He will also receive an early pension from the age of 60 as specified in the contract.
At the same meeting, the board appointed the present chief financial officer, Inge K Hansen, to serve as acting chief executive.
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