DNV GL appoints Tor Svensen as Group EVP and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen as Maritime CEO

29.07.2015 | Personal

DNV GL Group has appointed Tor Svensen as Group Executive Vice President.  Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen will succeed Tor Svensen as Chief Executive Officer of its Maritime business area. Both will report to the incoming Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen.

 Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen has since 2013 served as COO and Senior Vice President of DNV GL’s Maritime business area working out of Hamburg, Germany. From 2010 to 2013, he was Chief Operating Officer of Division Norway, Finland & Russia for DNV’s maritime and oil & gas business. He has had several leading positions in the company since 1998. He started as an approval engineer in Oslo and as a surveyor for DNV in Japan.

Ørbeck-Nilssen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University where he was awarded a First Class Honour’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990. He also has an undergraduate degree from Oslo Polytechnic in Civil Engineering from 1987. Ørbeck-Nilssen began his career in DNV in Oslo in 1990 as a structural engineer. His experience includes a variety of technical disciplines, project management and different management positions.

Tor E. Svensen is currently CEO of DNV GL Maritime. Prior to this, he was the President of DNV Maritime, Oil and Gas. Svensen joined DNV in 1993 as Head of Section for Environmental Loads. In 1996 he became a Regional Manager, based in Singapore and responsible for all DNV activities in South East Asia. In 2000 he was appointed Technical Director and over the period 2003 to 2010 was Chief Operating Officer of DNV Maritime with responsibility for Classification and all other DNV maritime activities worldwide.

From 2010 to 2012 he was President and Deputy CEO for the group from 2006 to2012. From April 2012, following the re-organization of DNV into three separate operational companies, he became President of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas. In the period 2007-2008, he was also Chairman of IACS, the International Association of Classification Societies.

Prior to coming to DNV he worked at BSRA/BMT from 1983 to 1987 and from 1987 to 1989 for MacGregor Navire, UK. In 1989, he joined The Norwegian Maritime Research Institute as Head of the Ship Division with responsibility for the ship model testing and design development work.

Tor Svensen graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1978 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding, subsequently receiving a Ph.D. from the same university in 1983.