Sverre Gotaas new director at Herøya Industripark AS
Sverre Gotaas (57) has been named the new director of Herøya Industripark AS (HIP AS), taking over from Thor Oscar Bolstad after his 11 years in the position. Gotaas is currently director of innovation at Kongsberg Gruppen ASA be taking over at Herøya on 1 July 2017.
Sverre Gotaas is the new director at Herøya Industripark AS and joins the company from his position as director of innovation at Kongsberg Gruppen ASA. Gotaas will be taking over 1 July 2017.
Gotaas is looking forward to working at Herøya and reckons the industrial park has a unique opportunity to adopt a position as the heart of the processing industry.
“Herøya Industrial Park offers a broad range of the Norwegian industries of both today and tomorrow. I am looking forward to building further on efforts to develop the industrial park, and to helping Herøya and the Grenland region to emerge as a powerhouse for forward-looking enterprises and institutions,” emphasises Gotaas.
Back in January, Thor Oscar Bolstad – current director of HIP AS – announced his intention to leave. The company’s Board of Directors has implemented a recruitment process, many highly qualified applicants expressed their interest in the position, and Board has now appointed Gotaas.
“We are very pleased that Sverre Gotaas has accepted our offer,” says Øyvind Hasaas, chairman at HIP AS. “Gotaas’ background is highly relevant, and he has a large network of contacts in the fields of research, innovation and support systems that could benefit Herøya Industrial Park,” says Hasaas.
Oslo Pensjonsforsikring is the owner of Herøya Industripark AS, and director of investment Kjetil Houg is of the opinion that Thor Oscar Bolstad has been an outstanding resource for HIP and really left his mark on the compan.
“Bolstad has invested an enormous amount of effort in the development of Herøya Industrial Park over his 11 years with us, and we really appreciate all the work he has done before, during and after the change of ownership. Now we’re hoping to see further development and growth at the park on the basis of the solid work already done,” says Houg.
Sverre Gotaas, who currently lives in Holmestrand, will be taking over from Thor Oscar Bolstad on 1 July. He graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in the field of technical cybernetics and has many years of experience of research, innovation, technological development, business development and other fields at Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, Statkraft, Kongsberg Maritime and Kongsberg Simrad.
Sverre Gotaas’ list of directorships is also long; he is currently a Board member at University College of Southeast Norway, a Board member at the Research Council of Norway (NFR), Chairman at the Research Council of Norway’s Divisional Board for Energy, Environment and Resources, and a Board member at Simula Research Laboratory AS.
Oslo Pensjonsforsikring AS is a life insurance company owned by the municipality of Oslo. The company provides public occupational pensions for the majority of employees of the municipality of Oslo, municipal companies, a number of the municipality’s limited companies and employees at hospitals owned previously by the municipality of Oslo. Oslo Pensjonsforsikring has a property portfolio worth around NOK 14 billion and is one of the larger property investors in Norway.
For more information, contact:
Øyvind Hasaas, chairman at Herøya Industripark AS, tel. 915 10 014
Kjetil Houg, director of investment at Oslo Pensjonsforsikring, tel. 916 40 151 Sverre Gotaas, new director at Herøya Industripark AS, tel. 902 49 734