Rolf Barmen, born in 1964, is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Group. Mr. Barmen has been the CEO since 2013 and also became the chairman of Trondheim Kraft AS at that time. He has extensive experience as a chief executive officer within the telecommunications industry including with Telering AS from 1999 until 2008, Chess Communication from 2008 until 2011 and NextGenTel from 2011 until 2013. Furthermore, he has experience as regional director at Telenor Telehus and operations manager at Ikea Bergen, as well as the Chairman of Sportsklubben Brann.
Mr. Barmen holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Birte Strander, born in 1976, is the Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Group. Ms. Strander commenced employment with Elmera Group in 2002 as a financial controller, became senior business developer in 2007, was appointed head of the department for Innovation and Projects in 2008 and appointed the Director of Business, Finance and IT in 2009. Prior to joining the Group, Ms. Strander worked as a consultant at PwC from 2000 until 2002 and provided consulting services to Fjordkraft during this time.
Ms. Strander holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Arnstein Flaskerud, born in 1963, is the Company's Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Head of Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Flaskerud has more than 30 years’ experience in the electric power industry. He commenced employment with Fjordkraft in 2001 as the Director of Corporate Clients. Mr. Flaskerud was a strategic business developer in 2010, Director of the Strategy department in 2013, market manager for BKK Kraftsalg AS from 1997 until 2001 and market manager at Bergen Lysverker from 1992 until 1996. Mr. Flaskerud was an engineer at Samkjøring av Kraftverkene in Norway for six years prior to 1992. In 2013, Flaskerud received the industry price for “Influencer of the Year” for his work with common invoicing and the “Supplier-centric Model". Furthermore, Mr. Flaskerud is a Norwegian representative at Eurelectric, an EU organization for the power industry.
Mr. Flaskerud holds a degree in Engineering, in Electric Power Engineering from Bergen University College (HiB) in addition to an Executive Master of Management degree from the Norwegian Business School (BI).
Jeanne Katralen Tjomsland
Jeanne Katralen Tjomsland, born in 1965, is the Company's Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Head of HR, Communications & Sustainability. Ms. Tjomsland has over 25 years' experience within the field of communication. She commenced employment with Fjordkraft as information manager in 2002, was appointed Director of Human Resources and Security in 2010 (which from 2015 also included a communications role). Ms. Tjomsland was a senior public relations consultant and Deputy Manager at Consilio Kommunikasjon AS from 1997 until 2001. She was also information manager at BKK during a six month period and information manager at Bergen Lysverker from 1991 until 1997 and Manager for Information and Marketing at IULA World Congress from 1990 until 1991.
Ms. Tjomsland holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (siviløkonom) from Universitetet i Agder (UiA) and an Executive Master of Management degree from the Norwegian Business School (BI).
Solfrid Kongshaug Aase
Solfrid Kongshaug Aase, born in 1969, is the Company's Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Head of Alliance. Ms. Aase has more than 20 years' experience in the electric power industry. She has held several managerial positions at BKK AS and Fjordkraft in the fields of business development, sales and portfolio services. At Fjordkraft, Ms. Aase has, among other positions, worked as business manager from 2001 until 2006, as market manager for major customers from 2006 until 2008, was appointed Director of Customer Service in 2015 before she was appointed Head of Company Projects in 2017. In 2019 she was appointed Head of Alliance.
Ms. Aase holds a cand.polit. degree in Economics from the Univeristy of Bergen (UiB).
Alf-Kåre Hjartnes, born in 1974, is the Company's Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Hjartnes has 20 years’ experience from the electric power industry. Mr. Hjartnes joined Fjordkraft in 1999 and has had several managerial positions with the company, particularly within the IT department. Mr. Hjartnes was a senior IT advisor in 2004, joined the Business Development department in 2007 as senior advisor, became senior advisor in the Innovation and Projects department in 2008, was appointed IT Manager in 2010 and the Director of IT in 2012.
Mr. Hjartnes holds a cand.mag. degree in Information Technology and Economics and Business Administration from the Nord-Trøndelag University College (HiNT).
Christian Kalvenes, born in 1977, joined Fjordkraft in December 2017 as a business developer. In February 2019, he assumed the position of Executive Vice-President (EVP) Consumer. Mr. Kalvenes has 13 years’ experience as a top-level professional footballer in Norway, Scotland and England, between 2000-2012 Mr. Kalvenes also has 7 years’ experience from the mobile telephony company Chess, where he worked as a market coordinator (2011-2012), project manager (2013-2014) and Sales and Marketing Director (2014-2017).
Christian Kalvenes took a two-year IT course at Bergen Polytechnic College (now: NiTH), a two-year course in economics and administration at Sogn og Fjordane University College and a master’s degree in business and management at the Norwegian School of Business (BI), with a specialization in organization and management.
Roger Finnanger, born in 1981, joined Fjordkraft in 2011 as a key account manager. In 2012, Mr. Finnanger became the Sales Manager SME. He has headed the business market venture in the position of Director Business since 2014. In February 2019, Fjordkraft established a separate division for the business market and Mr. Finnanger assumed the position of Executive Vice-President Business. Mr. Finnanger has a background from Coca-Cola Enterprises where he worked for 10 years in a number of positions within sales, management and personnel development.
Roger Finnanger took a basic course in business economics at the Norwegian Business School (BI).
Solfrid Fluge Andersen
Solfrid Fluge Andersen, born 1976, was employed at Fjordkraft in 2010 as Accounting Manager. In 2014, she left the company and joined Falck Nutec as CFO. In 2015 she returned to Fjordkraft in the role of Business Developer. In the period 2015 to 2019, she had several different management positions within the Customer Delivery division and in the Power Trading department, before she was appointed Executive Vice-President for Operations Division in June 2019. Ms. Andersen also has relevant experience from Bergen Energi (Kinect) as Team Manager for Cost Management before she was employed by Fjordkraft.
Ms. Andersen holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and a diploma i Hospitality Management from the International College of Tourism & Hotel Management in Sydney, Australia.
Per Heiberg-Andersen, born in 1970, is Executive Vice-President responsible for Nordic expansion and fighting brands. Prior to this role, Mr. Heiberg-Andersen was CEO at AllRate, a subsidiary of Fjordkraft.
Mr. Heiberg-Andersen has had a long career in telecoms and IT, and held positions as Regional Manager Western Norway in Telenor, as well as Vice President of both B2B and Consumer Divisions at NextGenTel (a Telia subsidiary). Mr. Heiberg-Andersen has also been a consultant (Director) at KPMG, with many projects in the electric power industry.
Mr. Heiberg-Andersen holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (siviløkonom) as well as a CEMS Master from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and the University of Cologne.